Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri has been awarded the Civil Courage Prize from the New York-based Train Foundation for his fearless campaign against the drug-trafficking 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia as reported by The Associated Press: "'in attacking 'ndrangheta, prosecutor Gratteri is attacking something even more dangerous -- the sense of fatalism and futility that allows organized crime to grow,' Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a speech shortly before the prize was awarded."
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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