Police operation targeting Italian mafia nets several arrests

Italian police have detained 16 members of the prominent 'Ndrangheta clan based on information provided by a widow of a Cacciola family member.
By JC Finley  |  July 31, 2014 at 12:10 PM
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ROME, July 31 (UPI) -- An Italian police investigation targeting the mafia has resulted in the detention of 16 mafia members across Europe and netted several arrests.

The 16 mafia members were detained in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands on charges of cocaine trafficking.

Police said they used information provided by the widow of a member of the Cacciola family to target the 'Ndrangheta clan, based in Rosarno.

The widow cooperated with authorities after she turned to police seeking escape from her mafiosi in-laws, who kept her in "slave-like" conditions following her husband's suicide in 2005. Her information about the tight-knit mafia family network has been used by police, they said, for several years.

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