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Raids against the Italian mafia have been underway in five federal states in Germany since early Wednesday morning. Raids against the ‘Ndrangheta are also underway in other countries.

Updated from May 3, 11:41 am: A large-scale operation against the Calabrian ‘Entrangetta’ was directed against more than a hundred suspected members of the mafia organization on Wednesday, according to the Belgian public prosecutor’s office. According to the public prosecutor’s office in Brussels, the raids took place in about 150 homes in eight countries. In Belgium, 25 raids took place, mainly in the northern Belgian region of Flanders, and 13 people were arrested. Additional police operations were carried out in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, Slovenia and Romania.

In Germany, residential and business premises were raided in several locations, and more than 30 arrest warrants were executed. In Germany, the focus of the trials was Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Thuringia.

Raid against the ‘Ndrangheta: A large-scale operation against the Italian mafia

Updated as of May 3, 10:13 am: Important investigative results for a large-scale Europe-wide operation against the Italian mafia may have come from Bavaria. as German Press Agency (dpa) During his stay in Bavaria it was reported that a key suspect had a cell phone and convicted members of the criminal ‘Ndrangheta gang.

In several federal states, since the early hours of Wednesday (May 3), several apartments have been raided and arrest warrants executed. Four men were arrested in Bavaria, according to the state criminal police office. “A milestone” in the fight against organized gang crime, as Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) put it. dpa said.

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“Today’s Europe-wide arrest and search campaign is a serious blow to the ‘Ndrangetha,” Herrmann says. The searches and arrests are part of Operation Eureka – one of the most important cases against Italian organized crime in recent years, according to Hermann. Investigators from Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain are involved. Apart from numerous arrests, several kilos of ganja, electronic data carriers and documents were secured during the raid. More than 1,000 officers were stationed across Germany, including special forces.

Several arrest warrants were executed in major raids against members of the Italian mafia ‘Ndrangheta in several federal states. Drugs and sensitive data carriers were also seized during the investigation. © dpa

Raid on Italian mafia: Authorities crack down on ‘Ndrangheta

Updated on May 3, 2023, 07:23: Since the early hours of Wednesday (May 3), searches have been underway in five federal states in connection with a Europe-wide strike against the Italian mafia. Background on Italian organized crime, as reported in a joint press release from security authorities, public prosecutors and state criminal investigation offices in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarbrücken. In particular, the investigations targeted officials and members of the ‘Ndrangheta association. The accused have been charged with money laundering, gang tax evasion, gang fraud and drug trafficking.

The crackdown on the Italian Mafia ‘Ndrangheta: Money Laundering, Gang Tax Evasion, Gang Fraud and Drug Trafficking

The process is being conducted by a joint investigation team consisting of Europol and Eurojust, according to the press release. In addition to the parties already named, there are other security authorities from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

In Bavaria, the Munich I public prosecutor and the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office are investigating eight people. Since this morning, more than 130 emergency services have been searching ten properties and EU arrest warrants have been executed against four people.

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Large-scale operation against members of the Italian mafia 'Ndrangheta in several federal states.
Raid in Germany: In several federal states, investigators and special units have taken action against members of the Italian mafia ‘Ndrangheta. A number of flats were raided. Arrest warrants were executed and sensitive data carriers and information secured. © dpa

In NRW, around 500 emergency services – including the task force, special operations command and service dog handlers – are searching for a total of 51 items. Houses, apartments, offices and commercial properties are affected. In addition, 15 arrest warrants were executed, which were obtained in advance by the investigators of the LKA NRW and the central and contact point for the investigation of organized crime in North Rhine-Westphalia (ZeOS NRW), located in Düsseldorf. Office of the Public Prosecutor. In addition, searches are being conducted at four properties in Erfurt (Thuringia), where another EU arrest warrant is to be executed.

Raid against the Italian Mafia: ‘Operations against the Entrangetta are currently underway in five federal states.

Around 500 police officers executed a total of ten arrest warrants and 50 search warrants in Rhineland-Palatinate, led by the State Criminal Police Office. They are currently supported by special units and customs and tax inspectors of the central government and other countries. The line is with the public prosecutor’s office in Koblenz.

During a raid, a police officer gets into a car in which an arrested person is sitting.  With a large-scale operation in several federal states, the police on Wednesday moved against members of the Italian mafia 'Ndrangheta.
During a raid, a police officer gets into a car in which an arrested person is sitting. Along with a large-scale operation in several federal states, police moved against members of the Italian mafia Ndrangheta on Wednesday. © Alex Talash/dpa

Investigators from the Charland State Police Headquarters’ Organized Crime Unit are currently searching the 47-year-old’s home and business in Saarbrücken, as well as the premises he is renting in Charlevoix. The man wanted with an arrest warrant was not found there, but was caught as part of joint operations in Italy. Another 25-year-old man from Charland, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, was also caught in Italy. About 90 emergency services, including special forces and riot police, are involved in the operation.

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Searches help find sources. Investigations, particularly the evaluation of available evidence, are ongoing. The accused are presumed innocent until a final verdict.

Strike against Italian Mafia: Raid against ‘Entrangetta’ in five federal states

First report from Wed, May 3, 2023, 7:13 am: Dusseldorf – The crackdown on the ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization began early Wednesday morning as the film reported its online presence. Objects in a total of five federal states will be searched by German intelligence officers. The searches in Germany are said to be linked to a global strike against the Calabrian mafia.

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