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German and Italian police smash cross-border Mafia ring

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By Robert Hackwill
German and Italian police smash cross-border Mafia ring

German police are claiming another big blow against the increasingly active Italian organised crime in the country, in a joint operation with Italian Carabinieri.

Some 200 arrests have been made of suspected members of the Calabrian mafia or N'drangheta.

Members of the Farao and Marincola families are alleged to have muscled into the wine, food, garbage collection and funeral services trades in both countries, and police added they suspected a number of public offices had been corrupted without stipulating where or at what level.

Assets worth some 50 million euros were seized and the Italian anti-mafia police believe they have dismantled a major clan of the criminal organisation.

Anti-mafia prosecutors began their investigation by examining the clans' network in the city of Catanzaro in southern Calabria, working out from that epicentre until reaching its German branches.