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A grandmother helps dismantle a mafia drug trade by wanting to help her grandson

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An elderly person (illustration) – MICHEL / SIPA GILE

A grandmother helped dismantle a mafia network of drug traffickers in Calabria (Italy). Eighteen people suspected of being involved in this trafficking were arrested during an operation.

“This grandmother addressed the riflemen to ask them to save her grandson,” said Wednesday the commander of the riflemen of Cosenza, a town in Calabria. The old lady did not hope for so much and just wanted to help her grandson stop his drug use.

A powerful mafia family behind bars

The dismantled drug trade was linked to the Muto clan, one of the families belonging to the ‘Ndrangheta, the dreaded Calabrian mafia, considered one of the most powerful in the world. The criminal group was also involved in extortion against entrepreneurs in the tourism industry. One of the victims had called for help from the police.

“These people have suffered from the arrogance of these criminals who demanded money from them,” said anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri, a senior magistrate in a large-scale trial against the ‘Ndrangheta with more than 300 defendants. The prosecutor clarified that part of the extorted money was paid to the clan members in prison and their families.

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