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73 Mafia drug-pushing arrests in Sicily, Germany

Two operations against Cosa Nostra gangs

18 February, 16:10
73 Mafia drug-pushing arrests in Sicily, Germany (ANSA) - Rome, February 18 - Italian police on Tuesday arrested 73 people in two operations against Sicilian Mafia drug-trafficking gangs. In the first, 24 people were arrested, with two eluding arrest, in a drug-trafficking probe in Catania, Siracusa, Milan, Turin and Germany.

In the second, 49 people were arrested in Catania and Enna on suspicion of taking part in a drugs turf war which has reaped 10 victims since 1995.

Three of the victims were never seen again, cases known in Italy as 'lupara bianca' (white shotgun).

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