Police Break Up US-Italy Drug Ring Run Out of NYC Trattoria

The Associated Press via New York Times ROME — Italian police say an operation conducted with U.S. FBI agents has targeted a major drug-trafficking ring based in a restaurant-pizzeria in New York City. Police say at least 15 suspects have been detained by early Thursday, including three in the United States connected with the eatery in the city's Queens borough. Investigators say the crackdown further demonstrates that the ndrangheta, an organized crime syndicate rooted in Calabria in the toe of the Italian peninsula, have forged ever stronger ties with U.S.-based mobsters. The ndrangheta has long eclipsed the Sicilian Mafia as one of the world's biggest drug traffickers.

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