Italian police for the first time filmed the induction ceremony for the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia pursuant to a two-year investigation which resulted in the arrests of forty suspects as reported by ANSA: "prior to this details of the ceremony for the bestowal of the 'santa', the highest level of 'ndrangheta affiliation, had only ever been recounted by former mobsters turned state's evidence."
An "unnamed boss leading the rite in police videos . . . can be heard telling the new Santa that they are now expected to be their own executioners should they stray from the 'Ndrangheta's code" as reported by The Guardian:
"From now on it will not be other men who judge you, you will judge yourselves," the man says. In what he describes as the "oath of poison," he says there are two alternatives open to the disloyal: "Either you poison yourselves or you take this (gun) which shoots. There must always be a bullet reserved; one for you."
In recent years the 'Ndrangheta has eclipsed Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia as Italy's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States.
Mob watchers in Canada suspect that the Calabrians have backed a breakaway group from the Rizzuto clan of the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug rackets in Montreal and New York, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.
Earlier this year Italian and American police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in a joint drug smuggling plot between the Gambino family and the Calabrian Mafia.
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