"Mafia cocaine shipped through Netherlands"
The Netherlands functions as a storage place and stopover for the cocaine shipped from Colombia to Italy by Italian mafia.22 February 2008
ROME – The Netherlands functions as a storage place and stopover for the cocaine shipped from Colombia to Italy by Italian mafia. The mafia also launders money in the Netherlands (as well as in Germany and Belgium) and fugitive Mafiosi flee to the Netherlands to go into hiding.
This is contained in an annual report published this week by the Italian anti-mafia commission. This year the report is entirely devoted to the 'Ndrangheta, the mafia from southern Italian region of Calabria.
The anti-mafia commission compares the 'Ndrangheta with Al Qaeda because it tends to operate with active cells outside of its territory and because it commands unconditional loyalty for the home front.
An important international investigation was completed in 2006, in which active cells of the 'Ndrangheta were discovered in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Six important fugitive Mafiosi were arrested, including Francesco Strangio, arrested in the Netherlands.
Strangio is part of the Nirta-Strangio family from San Luca, who primarily operate their cocaine trade in the Netherlands and Germany. The family has been at war with other mafia clans from San Luca for years.
The feud led to an attack in Duisburg, Germany last year, costing six people their lives.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news