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'Public-tenders cartel' busted in Calabria

Police arrest 11 with ties to 'Ndrangheta

04 February, 15:18
'Public-tenders cartel' busted in Calabria (ANSA) - Locri, February 4 - Police in the southern Calabria region on Tuesday arrested 11 suspects, including several businessmen, for links to the 'Ndrangheta mafia and for operating an alleged public-tenders cartel. One suspect evaded arrest, police said. Charges include violent threats to rival businesses, defrauding public entities, and theft. The operation was part of a larger investigation that led to the arrest in December of two 'Ndrangheta bosses, a former town councilor, and the former mayor of San Luca, where the local was dissolved last summer for mafia infiltration. The notorious San Luca clan sprang to international attention with the 2007 murder of six mafiosi in the German city of Duisburg.

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