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    Narcotraffic and money laundering with works of art, 31 arrests

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    (ANSA) – MILAN, MAY 12 – The State Police is carrying out a precautionary custody order against 31 people accused in various capacities of criminal association aimed at international drug trafficking and with strong ties to South American traffickers, fugitives and leading exponents of organized crime. The operation, coordinated by the Milan DDA, is involving various regions and states including the Netherlands, Spain and Lithuania. Furthermore, the seizure of a modern art gallery in Amsterdam is underway in which, with false invoices, the proceeds of drug trafficking were laundered even in the purchase of paintings and other works.

    The operation conducted by the policemen of the Specialized Drug Unit of the Mobile Squad of the Milan Police Headquarters began in September 2019 with the identification of a local cell of Milanese traffickers, attributable to two entrepreneurs in the catering sector. From there it was traced back to an important international drug broker with direct connections with contacts on the national territory of Campania, Puglia and Albanian organized crime. (HANDLE).

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