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Hundreds arrested in Calabrian mafia crackdown

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Hundreds arrested in Calabrian mafia crackdown

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Police in Italy have made 320 arrests in an operation against the Calabrian mafia, in one of the biggest crackdowns on organised crime in years.

The arrests were made in a series of dawn raids in the southern region of Calabria and in the north. A number of people have also been held in the United States.

It follows an investigation into crimes linked to business and the financial sector. Police say it has given them new insights into the organisation known as the ‘Ndrangheta.

In recent years the Calabrian organisation has expanded out of its poor heartland. It is thought to play a major role in organised crime throughout Europe and in the drugs trade from South America.