Calabrian mafia also known as the Ndrangheta was the target of a massive bust into an international illegal gambling operation. Italian authorities arrested 41 alleged mobsters and associates and seized assets worth an estimated $2.18 billion dollars ($2 billion euros). The Ndrangheta is one of Italy’s strongest mafia families and have long been known as major players on the international drug trade. This bust shows that the mob family is also heavily invested in other traditional mafia businesses.
The operation led to the seizure of 11 international and 45 national businesses, 82 international and national online gambling websites, 1500 better parlors, and various other pieces of property. Of the 41 people arrested by Anti-Mafia police 28 of them have been sent to prison with 13 others placed on house arrest. The Calabrian mafia has also been targeted of late in busts revealing growing ties to families of the New York Mafia seemingly related to the drug business.