Canadian police confirmed they have arrested nine members of a powerful Mafia group which they believe is based out of Southern Italy and involved in money laundering through illegal gambling in Toronto.
The police also disclosed that they had seized US$26.8 million in assets and five Ferraris.
During a three-day massive operation which led to nine arrests, the police raided 48 cafes, businesses, and residences connected to the group.
The police also managed to arrest the mastermind and allegedly the Boss of the group Angelo Figliomeni. Others arrested have been charged with money laundering, defrauding the government and participating in an organized crime group.
While the police are still looking for others involved, in Italy in a parallel operation, the police have arrested 12 suspects for their alleged association with the Mafia illegal weapons possession, fraudulent asset transfers, and other crimes.
Talking about the Mafia group, an investigator said that “The “Ndrangheta is a very dangerous criminal organization. Criminal organizations recognize no borders.”
Chief investigative officer Mr. Mattinen said: “They’re a very powerful and violent group, so the way we approached the investigation was to go for the foundation which allows them to exist, not the individual crimes.”
“Forensic accounting is not afraid; math is not afraid; documentary evidence is not afraid … We can tender that in court with no worry of recanting due to fear from the community and the “Ndrangheta,” he added.