Police in Italy have been explaining how they were able to launch one of the biggest crackdowns on organised crime in 15 years.
In raids centred on the south of the country, more than 300 key members of the Calabrian mafia- the Ndrangheta have been detained.
They include the boss of the organisation, 80-year-old Domenico Oppedisano.
Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini said charges ranged from murder to drugs-trafficking.
She also described how the places they chose for their meetings were where they felt secure.
“ But nevertheless,” she said, “during the inquiry we have been able to document and in some cases even to record more than 40 summits made by the ‘Ndrangheta over two years in Milan.”
The secretly filmed meetings allegedly provided evidence that the Ndrangheta had tried to reap profits from public tenders for an Expo which Milan is hosting in 2015.
The mafia group is said to be the most powerful of Italy’s four criminal syndicates and has a presence of active sells in Germany Switzerland and Australia.