Italian police have arrested 30 or so suspects from the Pizzata clan of the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia for alleged crimes in Rome including the January 2013 murder of rival Vincenzo Femia from the Nirta-Scalzone clan as reported by ANSA. Femia was sprayed with at least nine bullets while sitting in his car outside the city.
The 'Ndrangheta from Italy's southern Calabria region is deeply entrenched in the country's capital city, and prosecutors said today that the crime group views "Rome as the future" and "is considered strategic" as reported by The Associated Press. The 'Ndrangheta controls the European cocaine trade, and launders its drug money in Italy's wealthier central and northern regions including Lazio where Rome is located. Earlier this year Italian authorities seized assets worth 420 million euros -- nearly $600 million -- including several shops and businesses in Rome from suspected clans of the Calabrian Mafia as reported by ANSA.
The Calabrian Mafia through the Mancuso clan also supposedly has ties to Massimo Carminati and his so-called Mafia Capitale which was busted in Rome last month for allegedly scheming with corrupt politicians to rig bids and embezzle money on government contracts as reported by ANSA. Yesterday an Italian judge denied bail to Salvatore Buzzi who is accused of being the middle man between Carminati and the politicians as reported by ANSA.
The Mafia no longer is contained in Italy's south; it's freakin' everywhere in that cursed country.