Slightly whimsical piece [in Italian] from la Reppublica. But its the only piece on organised crime Ive managed to find this weekend. Organised crime is not news right now….but that doesnt mean its stopped. Just that there are other stories: UK election and the new coalition, the FA Cup, Thailand…Your blogger will keep searching!
Gang broken up in 2006 but alleged leader only picked up in Netherlands late 2009. drugs hidden in pallets. Gang apparently 13 strong. drugs came from Afghanistan via Turkey and the Netherlands.
All this election stuff has kidnapped the UK crime reporters. Fortunately, the Irish Times remains focussed. Italian police are breaking up an attempt by the Sicilian Mafia allied with the Neopolitan Camorra to take control of the fruit and vegetable trade in the South of Italy. We may find out more once the UK press remembers its supposed to be about NEWS, not hanging around minor celebrities.
Apparently the UK is being plagued by moped-mounted raiders. Sounds Italian or South East Asian to me….but what do I know?
EMCDDA report says cocaine being mixed with plastic and moulded into consumer products then re-extracted in “secondary extraction laboratories” once across the chosen border. Spain the present centre for the process.