On 5 August, OCCRP published a feature, the second part of an investigation, examining the crime group’s drug pipeline through Latin America and Africa, showing how the son of a leading figure in the feared ’Ndrangheta’s Romeo-Staccu clan, Giuseppe Romeo (aka “Maluferru”), moved drugs through corruption-plagued ports to Antwerp, Rotterdam, and beyond.  It also involved in Ivory Coast allegedly relying on corrupt officials — and emissaries sent all the way from Italy — to facilitate their operations.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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