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Over a dozen suspected mobsters arrested in nationwide raids

Three linked to 2013 Rome boss murder, 50 mn euros seized

08 January, 12:06
Over a dozen suspected mobsters arrested in nationwide raids (ANSA) - Rome, January 8 - Police spanning north and south arrested over a dozen suspects and seized 50 million euros in assets in separate raids on the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia on Wednesday. In Rome, police arrested three suspects linked to the killing last January of Vincenzo Femia, a boss who belonged to the San Luca clan that sprang to international attention with the 2007 murder of six mafiosi in the German city of Duisburg. Femia was hit by "at least nine bullets" while sitting in his car in the southern Roman Trigoria district on the night of January 24.

Meanwhile police in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme seized assets worth 50 million euros from businessman Giuseppe Trichilo, already convicted for mafia ties. In Milan, 10 people said to manage club bouncers throughout the city were put in custody, charged with extorsion.

Among them were presumed boss Agostino Catanzariti, who allegedly forced club owners to pay protection money.

With its stranglehold of the European cocaine trade, the 'Ndrangheta is Italy's richest and most powerful mafia.