Italian investigators conduct raids in major anti-Mafia operation

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FILED - Seat of Italy's Anti-Mafia authorities (DIA) in this file shot from March 6, 2019. Photo: Annette Reuther/dpa
FILED - Seat of Italy's Anti-Mafia authorities (DIA) in this file shot from March 6, 2019. Photo: Annette Reuther/dpa

(dpa) – Italian investigators have conducted raids in relation to 45 Mafia suspects as part of a major investigation into the petroleum sector in Italy, authorities in the coastal city of Salerno said on Monday.

The individuals are suspected of tax fraud and other crimes after infiltrating the lucrative petroleum products market, they added.

The police struck early in the morning in several cities in southern Italy, as well as Brescia in the northern region of Lombardy.

The investigation also pertains to about 70 other suspects who are still at large, the financial police and the Carabinieri said in a statement.

The news comes just a few days after another large-scale anti-Mafia operation in Italy. Those raids related to suspected members of the Camorra and the ’Ndrangheta organized crime groups.

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