Italian authorities in the north and south of Italy conducted raids against reputed members of the Calabrian Mafia also known as the Ndrangheta. Over a dozen suspected members of the Ndrangheta mafia were arrested in total in the unrelated raids. Three alleged mobsters linked to the January 2013 murder of San Luca clan boss Vincenzo Femia were taken into custody in Rome. Femia was shot several times in the southern Roman Trigoria district while he sat in his car after he and his clan attracted international attention for the public murder of six mafiosi in Duisburg, Germany in 2007.
“Vincenzo Femia murder scene”
Another raid conducted in Lamezia Terme a Calabrian city led to seizure of over $50 million euros ($68 Million US) from Giuseppe Trichilo a local businessman who had previously been convicted of mafia association. In Milan ten reputed Calabrian mobsters were arrested including alleged clan boss Agostino Catanzariti. They were charged with running an extortion racket collecting protection money from local area nightclubs. Italian authorities continue its fight into 2014 against what is now the countries most powerful mafia organization. The power and riches of the Ndrangheta have continued to grow mainly because of their dominance of the European cocaine trade.