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Italian Prosecutor: Calabrian Mafia "Is Quickly Spreading In The United States"
Friends of Ours ^ | 06/16/12 | Friends of Ours

Posted on 06/16/2012 3:58:24 PM PDT by AtlasStalled

The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has emerged as the world's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.

Indeed, Nicola Gratteri, a top anti-Mafia prosecutor in Italy warns that "this mafia is quickly spreading in the United States, particularly in Florida and New York" as reported by Beatrice Borromeo for The Daily Beast:

Gratteri's latest operations have led to the sentencing of 34 'Ndrangheta members and have uncovered a new route in the mafia's international drug trade, centered in New York City, where the crime syndicates can secure easy access to cocaine shipped in by Mexican cartels. Gratteri relies on the support of local intelligence for his operations, and he's been able to make more international arrests of 'Ndrangheta members than any other Italian prosecutor in large part because he's gained the trust of colleagues overseas. "Gratteri is a great investigator; it's a pleasure to work with him and nobody knows the 'Ndrangheta better than he does," says an FBI special agent who works in New York. "The 'Ndrangheta has become one of our top priorities in recent months, and we need to be able to rely on people like Gratteri to face it."

Some mob watchers believe that Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia clans from New York City and Quebec are responsible for the ongoing mob war against the Rizzuto clan from the Sicilian Mafia in Montreal, QB Canada for control over the drug trade.

The Rizzuto clan allegedly is headed by Vito Rizzuto who currently is incarcerated at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle. While serving his time Vito's son Nick Jr. got whacked in 2009 and his father Nicolo in 2010. The Rizzuto clan allegedly pushed back last November by murdering former Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna who some suspect had aligned with the 'Ndrangheta clans in the power play for Montreal.

Gratteri says the war on drugs generally and the war on the 'Ndrangheta specifically is unwinnable:

"I am simply being realistic," Gratteri says. "No matter how many investigations we carry on in the world, we recover less than 10 percent of the cocaine that arrives in Europe. 'Ndrangheta members are so many: strong, clever, determined people. Secrecy is their motto and, moreover, they don't have a godfather that leads on everyone, which means that no arrest can really threaten the existence of the organization. Eradicating the 'Ndrangheta? Impossible."

Of course, it's going to be hard for U.S. law enforcement to land even a blow against the Calabrian Mafia unless the country first gets over its terrorism hysteria and once again dedicates resources to the real threat from organized crime.


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1 posted on 06/16/2012 3:58:38 PM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Spreading to the US? Really, when did they leave? The ‘mob’, ‘costra nostra’, ‘mafia’, ‘the family’ whatever you call them have been in the US for decades upon decades, they are not just arriving.


2 posted on 06/16/2012 4:18:42 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: AtlasStalled

“Obscene profits?” Maybe that will motivate the Democrats to stamp it out.


3 posted on 06/16/2012 4:21:11 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: AtlasStalled

4 posted on 06/16/2012 4:26:56 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: AtlasStalled
Gratteri says the war on drugs generally and the war on the 'Ndrangheta specifically is unwinnable

And if do you beat them? Always someone else waiting in the wings to provide this high profit service.

5 posted on 06/16/2012 4:31:24 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: Bratch

And the reason why the Untouchables were necessary?

Prohibition was well nigh unenforceable.


6 posted on 06/16/2012 4:33:55 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: svcw

Muscling in on the cartels of the Zetas, the Sinaloa and the MS-13 territories, are they? Those guys play HARD, and the Calabrian Mafia stand to be in for quite a turf war.

Are they sure they want this?


7 posted on 06/16/2012 4:43:30 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: alloysteel

The “mob” has been around for a 100 years longer than the other groups you mentioned. They will not start anything they can not win and it will not be pretty. They are also a lot more subtle than a street war.


8 posted on 06/16/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: alloysteel

The ‘mob’ has been around for a 100+ years longer than the other groups you mentioned. They will not start anything they can not win and it will not be pretty. They are also a lot more subtle than a street war.


9 posted on 06/16/2012 4:51:03 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

My 90 year old mother in law is first generation Italian. Her family is from Naples. She always complains about how her dad hated the Calabrese.

They haven’t gone anywhere. They just got a PR person.


10 posted on 06/16/2012 4:58:17 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: Vermont Lt

My ‘family’ is from Palermo, they immigrated around 1915. They never said anything negative about any of the groups.


11 posted on 06/16/2012 5:01:50 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

My mother in law is/was a Rizzuto.... the family genealogist made some interesting connections :0


12 posted on 06/16/2012 5:08:35 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: svcw

My maternal grandfather came from Piopo, which is in Palermo province, at the turn of the century. His father was assassinated by the mafia, in front of the whole family.


13 posted on 06/16/2012 5:19:35 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: WildHighlander57
The name got changed but in Palermo was di na Talie , Eilis Island messed up many names when they went through.

Yes, the genealogies are fun.

14 posted on 06/16/2012 5:21:09 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: editor-surveyor

I think Calbria is where Nancy Pelosi’s family is from. Oy vay


15 posted on 06/16/2012 5:24:01 PM PDT by magua
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To: editor-surveyor

wow.
They are powerful.
My grandfather when he was nineteen, started a taxi cab company in NY....really 19?
The ‘mob’ is part of Sicily currently and historically.


16 posted on 06/16/2012 5:25:38 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

The other side of my wife’s family is from Poland. Again first generation. I’ve been with the family almost thirty years. I am still looked upon with suspicion because I am not Polish. They never say anything good about anyone else.


17 posted on 06/16/2012 5:27:31 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: svcw

Well, it says “spreading in the US”, not “spreading to the US”. Also, this is about the Calabrian mafia, not the Sicilian mafia, which has been the dominant force in the American branch of the Italian mafia for the better part of a century, at least. They are two separate organizations, sometimes they collaborate, other times they war with each other.


18 posted on 06/16/2012 5:28:17 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: alloysteel

Did you read the story? They are setting up in NYC because they are able to purchase from the cartels directly there. They are partners, not competitors, at least at this point.


19 posted on 06/16/2012 5:31:21 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: svcw

My GF came over at 17, and by the time he was 20 he had brought his brothers and mother over, and had a ranch in santa clara county, Ca that consisted of all of the arable land east of the coyote river, north of the town of Coyote, and south of Beryessa.

They lost it all to the bank in the depression.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 5:32:39 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Boogieman

Separate maybe, it would depend.
They will join forces if they feel threatened.


21 posted on 06/16/2012 5:38:29 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Boogieman

They’ve been around for a while, you occasionally will encounter them even here. There was a girl going to grad school and tending bar on the side that I just fell for once, hard. Until I met her father, that is. Very hard, cold for an Italian and an explosive foul temper. I wasn’t the one for her, she was reserved for one of her own was the distinct impression with which I was left. We saw one another a few more times but there was that odd love/fear/reverence thing going on with her, and it faded out. She’s still quite beautiful, I’ve seen her around all these years later, but married.


22 posted on 06/16/2012 5:43:31 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: editor-surveyor

Yes, its true many people who were young knew hard work. I should have elaborated. My granddad came with zip and stared an entire company in NY when he was nineteen, car routes, drivers...the whole shabang. I can see if it took years to build up a business it would make sense, that was not the case with grandpa.
My Dad left NY during WW11, only on occasion went back. I never really knew the family growing up, he did not want us too, we have reconnected in our older age.
My oldest brother went back and started a company in NJ, were he reconditioned 50 gallon barrels. He cleaned out the contents, repainted and resold. I do not have one cousin or nephew who will talk about what they do for a living.
Just saying.
;-)
Your family doesn’t seem ‘family’ like.


23 posted on 06/16/2012 5:45:12 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: AtlasStalled

Sounds like a good theme for another Miami Vice movie.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 5:48:25 PM PDT by pallis
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To: svcw

Yes, that’s true, when it comes to Italian vs not Italian, they all stick together. Too bad Americans don’t have the same esprit de corps!


25 posted on 06/16/2012 6:02:02 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: MetaThought
And if do you beat them? Always someone else waiting in the wings to provide this high profit service.

No mob, of any kind or nationality, can exist without a corrupt government to feed off of. Mobs are government symbiotes - if you don't take away the corrupt host, they always return, because they're the other half. Mobs are the main way government workers get kickbacks for their positions in government (because both the "legal" and "illegal" mobs are, in fact, identical).

Governments do two things, protect the mobs, and "crack down" on mob customers, thus increasing the number of laws agains the populus. So for the mob and the government, it's win-win. The only time a mob boss gets in trouble, is when he cheats the wrong government agency. And the only time the government gets in trouble, is when they let the mobs get out of control and the people revolt.

It never ends well.

26 posted on 06/16/2012 6:02:33 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Yeah, they have always been here, the Neapolitan mafia too, but the Sicilians have been the dominant ones for a long time.


27 posted on 06/16/2012 6:03:52 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: svcw

>> “Your family doesn’t seem ‘family’ like.” <<

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It is a huge family! Over 100 members in San Jose alone.

Each of the 3 brothers had from 10 to 15 kids. One of the brothers started a general engineering construction company in the ‘50s that built the Hwy 17 freeway from milpitas to Santa Cruz. His kids are spread all over California, Arizona, and Nevada. My mother’s branch is mostly in the East Bat area.


28 posted on 06/16/2012 6:11:09 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: editor-surveyor
When I said 'family', it was not a slight. I meant family, or the family.

wink wink nudge nudge

29 posted on 06/16/2012 6:19:02 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw
I've looked at some of the Ellis Island records (both microfilm and online). There were handwritten ship manifests (toward the end they were typewritten). Some ships stopped several places before crossing the Atlantic and so the ship manifests were not all necessarily filled out by the same person. I found my grandfather's name there--misspelled (but in another column where it asked for a relative in the country of origin, it had his father's name spelled right).

Palermo is one of the places my grandfather's ship stopped at en route.

30 posted on 06/16/2012 6:19:27 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: svcw

I think conditions have been bad there much longer than 100 years and long before there was an international commerce in illegal drugs. I remember reading something from the early 1800s by someone from the town of Tropea in Calabria complaining about the horrible conditions there then—I forget if Mafia-type organizations were part of the problem but I wouldn’t be surprised.


31 posted on 06/16/2012 6:24:02 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

My husband’s grandfather’s name is spelled differently in every census from 1890 to 1940. The only reason we know its him is because he never moved.
It is a difficult Lithuanian name. The original spelling isn’t even close to what it became. Yet, if you go to the Lithuanian/Polish cemetery in Chicago the name that is not common in the US is loaded with people with his last name.
I guess they decide it was just easier to go with the simplified spelling.
The genealogy search can be fun.


32 posted on 06/16/2012 6:25:44 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Verginius Rufus

My grandmother said Sicily was taken over by so many different countries for centuries, that they formed their own quasi government to stay as a cohesive group to do what they needed to do.
My ‘family’ had great respect for them. One of my aunts had a gun safe, they all carry guns but when they went to her house she would not let them sit at the table armed.
Exciting group.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 6:30:24 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

Obviously they hated the mafia intensely, after the killing and theft of everything they owned in Scicily.

They left the catholic church soon after arriving in Ca, and found Christ, and attended one of the earliest AOG congregations in SJ. That caused some friction until the whole bunch finally landed in the same church.


34 posted on 06/16/2012 6:42:30 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: svcw

>> “One of my aunts had a gun safe, they all carry guns but when they went to her house she would not let them sit at the table armed.” <<

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Sounds like my mother. My Bro and I carried our .22s with us almost everywhere we went, but when they came in the house, they had to be put away.


35 posted on 06/16/2012 6:47:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Ready for a long story? You’re gonna get it anyhow...

Thirty or so years ago I met a young lady who had moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Poulsbo, Washington all by herself. We dated for several years and I heard all about her deceased father who had been an “organizer” for the unions in Florida. He had moved to Florida from Philadelphia late one night while she was a small child.

During the time we were together I worked on a construction project of a shopping center. The entire project was owned by a man with a very Sicilian name. We got along fine until one day I noticed his crews doing stuff that just wasn’t legal. If an inspector called them on it they’d just have a cup of coffee while the “old man” made a phone call and then everyone would go back to work.

In my idiocy I thought I should do something about this so I called a local TV reporter and told him all about it. He assured me that he had been wanting to get something on this particular Sicilian for a long time and that I should not talk to anyone else about the matter until he had some spare time to work on it. I thought I had done the right thing.

The next day I was laid off.

Two months later I was back on the job and the “old man” was right there to greet me. He was pleasant and friendly but I knew that he knew and he was just letting me know who was “boss.”

Remember the girlfriend? We were driving home one night and I told her about my little experience. She asked me the name of the “old man” and when I told her she dug around in her purse, pulled out a small notebook and leafed through the pages until she found what she was looking for. She read something in there - I don’t know just what - and then after a pause said, “Leave that man alone. He can hurt you.”

I was impressed. Especially since she always carried a snub-nosed .38 in that purse, ostensibly in case one of her father’s old “friends” dropped by.


36 posted on 06/16/2012 7:29:27 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: AtlasStalled

I started rooting for the mafia group when I read “obscene profits”.


37 posted on 06/16/2012 7:57:16 PM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: oldfart

In the Bible they call it “Mystery Babylon the Great.”

It has run the world since the time of Nimrod, or possibly earlier. It has two branches: The eccliastical, and the secular, and they are attached at the hip.

People who are a part of it try to rationalize the Bible references to it by saying that an ancient city named Babylon will be rebuilt in the near future, but there really never was a city named Babylon; Nimrod’s city was named Ninus, or Nineveh, not Babylon.

The cover-up goes on! :o)


38 posted on 06/16/2012 8:17:39 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: AtlasStalled

The Mafia, and organized crime in general, is the best reason to legalize drugs and prostitution. Most of the profits of organized crime would dry up.


39 posted on 06/16/2012 8:59:43 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: svcw

They are the toe kicking the ball, they are the eggplant wiseguys not the cannoli wiseguys.


40 posted on 06/16/2012 9:52:47 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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