Police found ingenious ways in which the drugs were transported from Calabria to Messina. To evade possible police searches, the suspects used cars that had been modified in some parts of the bodywork to make special hiding places (double bottoms) in which to conceal the illicitly transported substance.

(LaPresse) In a sweeping anti-drug operation in Messina, Italy, police have taken 18 people into custody on suspicion of illicit drug trafficking and possession of illegal substances for the purpose of drug trafficking.

The investigation revealed the existence of a criminal group that had almost entirely monopolized the supply of cocaine in the city of Messina, which was then sold at retail in the provincial capital itself.

Drugs to be introduced into the Messina marketplace were sold by a leading member of the Nirta family, at the top of the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta.

Police found ingenious ways in which the drugs were transported from Calabria to Messina. To evade possible police searches, the suspects used cars that had been modified in some parts of the bodywork to make special hiding places (double bottoms) in which to conceal the illicitly transported substance.

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