Interpol’s Initiative to Crack Down on ‘Ndrangheta

A joint initiative has been launched by Interpol and the Italian Department of Public Security to fight the global rise of organized crime. The project is named Cooperation Against Ndrangheta (I-CAN), which, as the name suggests, will focus on one of the most powerful criminal syndicates in the world: the ‘Ndrangheta.

I-CAN will build on Italy’s knowledge of the structure of ‘Ndrangheta and it’s methods of operation. Policing information will be made available to countries likely to have, or develop, a ‘Ndrangheta stronghold. This could aid local law enforcement in identifying patterns and potential targets. There will also be joint investigations to identify and arrest criminals wanted in relation to ventures linked to ‘Ndrangheta.

“We need a global approach to counter a global threat. We have promoted a targeted project with INTERPOL for a global attack to eradicate it, involving the State Police, the Carabinieri and the Guardia di Finanza,” said Prefect Vittorio Rizzi, the Italian Deputy Director General of Public Security.

Whilst the project will first and foremost be focusing on targeted countries, the end goal of the I-CAN project is to help in the ability of law enforcement worldwide to constructively combat criminal organizations.

The ‘Ndrangheta is active in at least 17 European countries, and is known to be present in 32 worldwide. It has built massive financial power through drug trafficking, fraud and corruption. The group uses sophisticated money laundering techniques to reinvest profits. This in turn harms and corrupts the economy, and forces many honest people out of the market. They have acquired control of companies across all areas of enterprise, including import and export, construction, gambling, waste disposal and catering.

The ‘Ndrangheta have also moved with the times, and are known to use the Darknet to engage in commerce.

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