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General News    H4'ed 4/19/20

The Mafia is poised to exploit coronavirus, and not just in Italy

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COVID check leads cops to half ton of cocaine buried by Mafia boss's son There was a surprise ending to a COVID-19 street check by police who are struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Italy. When police in the ...
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Anti-mafia officials have told CNN that Mafia clans are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, providing necessities in poor neighborhoods, offering credit to businesses on the verge of bankruptcy and planning to siphon off billions of euro in stimulus funds. The most powerful branch of the Mafia is thought to control 80% of the European cocaine market.  Journalist Roberto Saviano, author of "Gomorrah: Italy's other Mafia" (expose of the Naples Camorra mafia), told CNN that "the traffickers took advantage of the lack of oversight of law enforcement in the ports, in the airports. Who was checking any more?" he asked.

Franco Gabrielli, head of the Italian police, said that Mafia organizations are enmeshed in parts of the economy "that have not been blocked by the restrictions of Covid-19: the agriculture-food chain, the supply of medicines and medical equipment, road transport."

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