Authorities in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands announced they launched coordinated raids in a crackdown against the ‘Ndrangheta.
The raids were part of an operation, codenamed Pollino, launched in 2016 against the ’Ndrangheta, a southern Italian group known for their closely connected structure. People familiar with the situation say previous efforts to destroy the mafia in Italy, left a vacuum filled by the ‘Ndrangheta. The group’s tight-knit horizontal familial structure prevented their downfall in previous efforts to penetrate the organized crime group.
Hundreds of police are involved in the operation in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Federal police in Germany said there had been multiple arrests in the early morning raids. Italian police said there have been at least 90 arrests, and the operation is still ongoing.