The numbers are staggering.
Italian police have seized assets worth 420 million euros -- nearly $600 million -- including several shops and businesses in central Rome from suspected clans of the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia as reported by ANSA.)
The 'Ndrangheta controls the European cocaine trade, and in recent years it has migrated from Italy's southern Calabrian region into wealthier northern regions including Lazio to launder the drug money.
The Calabrian Mafia further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.
Law enforcement suspect that the Calabrian Mafia is backing a breakaway group from the Rizzuto family in Montreal, QB Canada for control over the drug rackets in Montreal and New York, and last month the FBI finally busted one alleged drug smuggling scheme between New York's Mafia and Italy's Calabrian Mafia which would have smuggled cocaine into the Big Apple from Canada.
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