In an unusual move an Italian magistrate has publicly announced a wide-ranging investigation to target public officials who have become dirty tools for the country's Mafia groups as reported by Michael Day for The Independent: "organised crime was continuing to spread through Italy 'like a cancer' thanks to the 'white-collar mafia' of acquiescent public officials and politicians." Magistrate Ilda Boccassini's bold announcement follows the arrests earlier this week of a cop, a judge and a politician for allegedly servicing the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia.
Over the last decade the drug-trafficking 'Ndrangheta has expanded beyond its roots in southern Italy to infiltrate the legitimate economy in Italy's money-centered northern regions including Lombardy where Milan is located as reported by Adnkronos: "Investigators say the affluent Lombardy region has fallen victim to a colonisation by the 'Ndrangheta which invests billions of euros in businesses and real estate to launder money through illegal activities."
The 'Ndrangheta has become Italy's most powerful Mafia group due to its obscene profits generated from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries. Indeed, earlier this spring the FBI inexplicably gutted its resources for targeting the Mafia notwithstanding that it has solved only a tiny fraction of mob-related murders and barely dented the operations of some families.
Last week Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna, the former acting boss of New York City's Bonanno crime family was whacked in Montreal, QB Canada, and some suspect the Sicilian had allied himself with the 'Ndrangheta clans in NYC and Ontario in a power play.