Germany targets mafia, hundreds mobsters arrested

  • Daniela Tkadlečková
  • 11.1.2018 20:06

An arrest of 200 suspected members of the Italian mafia 'Ndrangheta was announced by German police on January 9th. In conjunction with the Italian Carabinieri, German security forces aim to dismantle mafia-clans who have expanded their activities to Germany’s territory following the economic crisis in Italy.

Europol, too, announced in its 2017 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment that around 5,000 criminal groups operate on European soil. While clans have their roots predominantly in Italian families, experts also called attention to Vietnamese, Russian, Turkish and Albanian criminal networks whose operations in Europe have increased. Although Spain and the Netherlands are considered trafficking hubs, and thus important locations for mobsters, most criminal gangs or mafias have been identified in Germany. The recent success of the German police is rather unique, as a lack of common legislation within Europe to help disrupt criminal networks have inhibited the work of both, Europol and Eurojust. Mafias and other criminal groups pose a significant danger to legal economies through drug trafficking, goods counterfeiting, corruption and money laundering, which are difficult to detect.

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