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90 held in raids as police target Italian mafia across Europe

The arrests were made in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Police have arrested about 90 suspected mafia members in a series of co-ordinated raids in four European countries.

The arrests in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium came as part of an investigation codenamed Pollino which was launched in 2016 against the ‘ndrangheta criminal group on allegations of cocaine trafficking, money laundering, bribery and violence.

The operation was co-ordinated by Eurojust, the European agency that fights cross-border organised crime.

Dutch chief public prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said dozens of raids also netted about 2 million euros (£1.7 million) in criminal proceeds as well as drugs including ecstasy and cocaine.

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