49 alleged ‘Ndrangheta mafia members, including potential woman boss, arrested in Italy
Forty-nine suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta, the mafia in the far south of the country, on the outskirts of Milan, have been arrested by Italian police. One of the arrested suspects appears to be an unknown woman who ran a local clan of the family.
Charges range from extortion, drug trafficking, violence and arson, and more. Some of them are said to have intimidated people with the severed heads of goats and pigs, with some victims finding the dismembered animals on their doorsteps of their residences.
The alleged woman boss is said to be the leader of the ‘Ndrangheta of Rho. The Milan prosecutor told local media that her methods of extortion and intimidation were more ruthless than those of her male counterparts.
Within the Rho (northwest of Milan) operation, drugs, weapons and ammunition were also taken. The clan’s revenue was reportedly used to purchase businesses, homes and livelihoods for members’ families.
According to a spokesman for the Italian officials, the ‘Ndrangheta has expanded increasingly into the country’s industrial north.
Thirty-seven people were also recently arrested in Naples. The city council of the town of Anzio, south of Rome, was dissolved on Thursday after mafia infiltration was discovered, a Reuters news agency reported.
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