Last week Italian and Swiss police busted a suspected cell tied to the Fabrizia and Mazzaferro clans of the 'Ndrangheta which had been operating in Switzerland, and investigators secretly filmed one of its meetings at which the presumed boss Antonio Nesci -- nicknamed in Calabrian dialect as "Cucchiaruni" for the "Swiss mountain" -- disclosed "the private rituals of the Calabrian Mafia and the often discreet expansion of its international operations" as reported by Josephine McKenna for The Telegraph.
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 in October 2011 Swiss prosecutors indicted thirteen suspected 'Ndrangheta mobsters on drug trafficking, weapons smuggling and money laundering charges.
The Calabrian Mafia further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from police in those countries.
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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