Police say Italian and U.S. agents have broken up a major cocaine trafficking network linked to the Italian mafia and operated out of a New York Pizzeria. Mana Rabiee reports.
Italian police and the U.S. F.B.I. raiding the home of alleged mafia members in Italy's southern Calabria region. It's part of a major drug bust aimed at an operation police say was run out of a pizzeria in Queens, New York. The suspected kingpin of the network ... Gregorio Giliotti ... an alleged associate of New York's infamous Genovese crime family. His network is believed to have organized cocaine shipments from Costa Rica to the U.S. and Europe, including more than three tonnes of cocaine seized last year. Thirteen Italians were detained in the raids, breaking up what U.S. prosecutor James McGovern says, was a significant drug supply chain. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF OF THE CRIMINAL DIVISION, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, JAMES MCGOVERN, SAYING: "This indictment against these defendants illustrates the coordination and persistent attempts by members of international criminal organizations to commit crimes here and abroad, in the United States." Investigators say the recent stings have given authorities new insight into how today's crime syndicates operate... and in particular their use of the internet to commit fraud, move drugs and evade police.