The Calabrian secret society known as 'ndrangheta has risen to control the cocaine trade based in Milan as well as a number of legitimate businesses in northern Italy, according to a UPI story published in the Washington Times.
'Ndrangheta is traditionally a rural gang network in southern Italy. But the story indicates that the network is becoming more involved in urban drug trafficking and violent crime.
During last week's arrest of 20 suspected Calabrian mobsters, including reputed boss Salvatore Morabito, 550 pounds of cocaine were seized.
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