A suspected member of Sacra Corona Unita or the Puglian Mafia has been arrested by German police for his alleged role in a cocaine ring as reported by The Times of Malta" German authorities said the group sent several shipments of cocaine from the Netherlands to Germany, from where they were driven to Italy."
A media investigation last year "found that Germany offers an optimal atmosphere for the Italian mafia" as reported by Deutsche Welle: "the report suggested Italian crime families make their money by exploiting various industries from construction to trade in counterfeit brand-name products and even gourmet food," and unfortunately "authorities often find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that prevents them from coming down harder on suspected gangsters."
The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia long has controlled the cocaine trade in Europe, and in August 2007 six mobsters from the Pelle-Votari clan were gunned down by rival dealers from the Nirta-Strangio clan outside a pizzeria in Duisburg, Germany.
At the time of the Duisburg massacre Giorgio Basile, a 'Ndrangheta deserter, told the Italian media "the Germans must realise that where there is pizza, there's the Mafia."
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