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200 arrested in drugs crackdown in Naples

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200 arrested in drugs crackdown in Naples


Italian police have arrested nearly 200 people in a dawn raid on drug traffickers in the centre of Naples. It is one of the biggest ever anti-mafia operations in a city notorious for organised crime. The Carabinieri police said they were trying to break up the drug business controlled by two clans that make up the Naples mafia known as the Camorra.

Many of those arrested were women and in some cases entire families were taken into custody, police said. Naples, an ancient port city sprawling round the bay at the foot of the volcano Vesuvius, has gained notoriety as one of Italy’s most crime-ridden cities. The government sent hundreds of police reinforcements to the city in November to tackle a bloody vendetta between rival mafia gangs.

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