Italy puts company and branch under government control over mafia infiltration
The Italian branch of the German transport and logistics company DB Schenker and the Italian company Aldieri SP have been placed under the special administration of the Italian state due to alleged infiltration by ‘Ndrangheta, Italian state media reported.
“The branch, which employs 1,400 people in 37 offices and generates hundreds of millions of euros in turnover a year, has been placed in the hands of administrators by a court in Milan,” says a report from the company. ‘ANSA.
According to The Republicthe investigation began when a lorry carrying goods for DB Schenker was caught with 30 kilos of drugs as it attempted to enter the UK. The truck was operated by the Bevilacqua company, whose founder, Nicola Bevilacqua, was convicted of mafia association in 2006, according to Milan today.
Originating in the southern region of Calabria, ‘Ndrangheta is the most powerful mafia group in Italy, having far exceeded its rivals in Sicily, Cosa Nostra or the Neapolitan Camorra. ‘Ndrangheta is believed to control almost all of Europe’s cocaine trade and its illicit earnings were once esteemed represent up to 3% of Italy’s GDP.
The group is divided into a series of clans, known as ‘Ndrinas.
“Ndrangheta is also considered one of Italy’s most impenetrable mafia groups, with its tight-knit family organization surpassing the Sicilian Cosa Nostra in its ability to defeat police efforts to turn its members into state witnesses. .
The seizures come just a week after a major operation by the Italian Anti-Mafia Directorate to stop ‘Ndrangheta’s infiltration into the Roman underworld.
Police have arrested 43 suspects in the Italian capital, ANSA reported.
“This section of the crime syndicate allegedly sought to take control of legal businesses in industries ranging from fishmongers, bakeries and patisseries to recycling used leather and cooking oil,” ANSA said.