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31 arrested over narco traffic, laundering with art works

Banksy art merchant, rape-accused Milanese Web guru implicated

(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 12 - Italian police on Thursday arrested 31 people in connection with an alleged international narco trafficking ring that laundered its proceeds with works of arts.
    The gang allegedly had strong links to South American drug traffickers, fugitives from justice and leading members of organised crime groups, police said.
    The police operation was carried out in various Italian regions as well as in the Netherlands, Spain and Lithuania.
    A modern-art gallery in Amsterdam was impounded.
    Police said the gang used it to launder drug profits by buying art works.
    The co-owner of the art gallery is an art merchant specialising in the works of cult British street artist Banksy, Andrea Deiana, police said.
    Deiana is also "an extremely important international narcotics broker, able to organize supplies for hundreds of kilos," said police.
    A Milanese web entrepreneur and start-up founder who is on trial for drugging, raping and filming two Italian models, Alberto Genovese, was among those placed under investigation for drug trafficking.
    Genovese allegedly bought 100 grammes of ketamine an cocaine in November 2019 that was "destined for sale or distribution," police said. (ANSA).


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