The Italian Carabinieri Corps (Arma dei Carabinieri) and the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) has arrested 46 people for their involvement in the large-scale drug trafficking probably involving the dark web as well as money laundering owing to the ‘Ndrangheta hit. Among the 46 individuals, 33 were arrested in France while 13 were arrested in Italy on the 15th of September, 2020 (Tuesday). Europol and Eurojust backed the operation.
This ‘Ndrangheta hit operation has enabled by a significant deployment of over 550 police officers in and around Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Paris of France and Liguria of Italy. While the house searches were still prevalent, the law enforcement officers were successful in seizing a large amount of cash, weapons, drugs, vehicles, counterfeited documents and several assets from the money laundering operations. The investigation has also uncovered the transfer of the weapons, of which some are military. The suspects were linked to the ‘Ndrangheta was reported to play an active part in the trafficking of cocaine and cannabis between Liguria in Italy and the Côte d’Azur in France. However, the supply chains were from Spain, Netherlands and Belgium.
The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation or Europol has supported the investigation remarkably by making the information exchange smoother along with providing the operational coordination and analytical support. On the action day, Europol had set up a coordination room and provided the analytical support in the bid to cross-check the information in the real-time situation. This would give leads to the investigators on the field.
This ‘Ndrangheta hit case was also backed by the U’s ISF ONNET project named Internal Security Funds that is led by the Italian Anti-mafia Directorate named DIA or Direzione Investigativa Antimafia. It offers operational and financial support for tackling all kinds of organized crime groups.
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