Earlier this week 54 suspects from the notorious 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia were busted in southern Italy for their alleged roles in the international cocaine trade, and prosecutors further claim a Canadian connection as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post:
"This investigation is important because it involves the richest 'Ndrangheta families that are able to work at the same level compared to the American Mafia and have control of 'Ndrangheta organizations in Canada, especially in Toronto," said Nicola Gratteri, a prosecutor in Italy.
The 'Ndrangheta from Italy's southern Calabria region controls the European cocaine trade, and further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States.
Over the last year Italian, American and Canadian police have arrested dozens of suspected mobsters from the 'Ndrangheta on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in running cocaine through Toronto and New York.
In the United States the Mexicans may control the southern border but the Italians run the northern border.
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