Italian Mafia has more than 20 cells in Switzerland: police report

Significantly more members of the Italian Mafia live in Switzerland than previously assumed, the annual report for 2019 of the Federal Office of Police (Fedpol) said. Published last week, it confirms an estimate by Italian prosecutors and experts that around 400 Mafiosi live in Switzerland.

Italian experts claim there are about 20 Mafia cells with 400 members in Switzerland. However, a Fedpol spokesman told the news agency Keystone-SDA that the number could be even higher, as “not everything” is seen. The Mafiosi are mainly based in the border cantons of Ticino, Graubunden and Valais as well as in urban centres and agglomerations, according to Fedpol. “They’ve been in Switzerland for years, don’t stand out, are well integrated and have jobs,” the spokesman said.

The report said Switzerland, located in the heart of Europe, is often used as a retreat that can be entered and left equally quickly. “Switzerland is a connection point for the clans in southern Italy and is therefore an ideal logistical platform for Mafiosi,” it said.

Last Tuesday the Italian and Swiss authorities arrested 75 people in a joint raid against the ’Ndrangheta. The 75 arrested are accused of Mafia association, international drug trafficking, money laundering, false registration of assets and corruption.

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