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Carabinieri foto generica, auto di pattuglia con paletta ministero della DifesaPolice deal a devastating blow to the Puglian mafia or Sacra Corona Unita

 

Italian Police on Tuesday  seized   assets worth millions of euros and arrested  dozens  of members of the  Puglian mafia  for a  cluster of crimes, including extortion and drug dealing, reports Ansa news

The suspects, all  alleged  affiliates of  clan Di Cosola operating in  the southern Puglia region,  included a local businessman  in the construction sector and several women, who allegedly managed the  organization’s accounts

Investigators say the clan dominated vital  sectors of the local economy including construction and gaming by  extracting a ‘tax’ of 100 euros per slot and video poker machines  in the area under its control and by   forcing  construction companies to use substandard cement

It also allegedly dominated the local  drugs trade through a parallel organization, with 250 episodes of dealing documented during the course of investigations.

Assets worth a whopping  10  million  euros including properties, vehicles, companies and financial products were also seized in the operation.