Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video Top News

At least 24 arrested in U.S.-Italy mafia bust

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:32

Feb. 11 - A joint operation between Italian and United States police forces nets two dozen people suspected of being involved in an international crime ring. Nathan Frandino reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

One by one, federal authorities in New York haul away suspects in an international crime ring bust. The suspects are accused of being part of a major crime syndicate that police say conspired to smuggle huge amounts of drugs and weapons from South America to Italy. Officials made the announcement in Rome. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY MARSHALL MILLER SAYING: "Earlier today, just after midnight in Brooklyn, New York and as the sun rose here in Italy, American and Italian law enforcement agents simultaneously conducted coordinated operations to strike at the heart of international organized crime. Working together, American and Italian officers executed two dozen arrests, conducted numerous lawful searches and made seizures of hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars." Police handout video showed the sting as authorities met at a New York hotel to pick up several suspects. Officials say the suspects were part of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta clan in Italy and the Gambino Mafia family in New York. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY MARSHALL MILLER SAYING: "But what the 'Ndrangheta did not know was that a much stronger bridge already existed between Italy and New York, a bridge of cooperation between American and Italian law enforcement that has been built over decades and has stood the test of time." At least 24 suspects in Italy and the U.S. were arrested.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

At least 24 arrested in U.S.-Italy mafia bust

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 01:32