Joe Bruno on the Mob – The Ndrangheta in Germany

You can’t say that the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta crime family lets grass grow under their feet. That’s for sure.

According to the article below, the ‘Ndrangheta has over 200 members operating just in Germany. The ‘Ndrangheta specializes in drug dealing, and it has dipped it’s sticky fingers into dope selling operations in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

As it’s Sicilian Mafia counterparts did in the United States in the 1980’s (The famous “Pizza Connection” case), the ‘Ndrangheta uses pizzerias as their base of operations. So in the midst of them rolling dough to be put into pizza ovens, the ‘Ndrangheta are making monetary “dough” by supplying the Germans, Belgians and Dutch with nose candy, smack, pot, and anything else people use to get high these days.

One thing bothers me about European news agencies. They keep referring to the ‘Ndrangheta as the Calabrian Mafia, and the Camorra as the Naples Mafia. This is nonsense and just plain wrong.

The Mafia is the Mafia and they operate mostly out of Sicily. The Camorra is not the Neapolitan Mafia: it is a Neapolitan organized crime group. The ‘Ndrangheta is not the Calabrian Mafia, it it a Calabrian organized crime group.

I guess every time a European news agency uses the word “Mafia” it gets a surge in publication.

Doesn’t make it right.

The article below originally appeared in, a Dutch news organization,,14820582,00.htmlgt

German police arrest wanted mafia suspect for drugs trafficking

German police have arrested a man suspected of being a member of the Calabrian mafia in a joint operation with their Italian counterparts. The suspect is alleged to have trafficked drugs from South America to Europe.
German police have arrested a 51-year-old man on an international arrest warrant for suspected drugs trafficking and links with the mafia.
He is suspected by police in the western city of Duisburg of shipping drugs from Latin America to the Calabria region of southern Italy – dividing his time between Europe and South America. The man is alleged to have been working for the Pelle clan of the ‘Ndrangheta branch of the mafia, which German officials were investigating in collaboration with their Italian colleagues.
“Ndrangheta is the biggest Italian criminal syndicate operating in Germany, with more than half of the 200 suspected mafia members in the country believed to be affiliated with it.
Scores of suspects arrested earlier
The suspect, who runs a pizzeria in Duisburg, has been wanted since December 2, 2010 when he managed to evade raids in Italy that led to the arrests of 87 suspected criminals, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.
Officers said he had been moving between Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The arrest took place in a pizzeria in the city of Oberhausen, near Duisburg.
German police officers tightened their surveillance on members of the ‘Ndrangheta after a shootout in Duisburg in 2007, in which six Italian nationals were killed outside a restaurant.


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