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23 June 2017

Joint agency operation leads to arrest of suspected ’Ndrangheta mafia member in Italy

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Western Australia Police

Italian authorities have arrested a male believed to be linked to the ’Ndrangheta branch of the Italian mafia, following intelligence received from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and Western Australia Police.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission alerted international authorities, via the AFP International Network, that suspected mafia member Bruno Crisafi had booked a one-way ticket to Rome via Doha, departing Perth on Wednesday 21 June 2017, leading to his arrest on arrival in Italy.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Chris Dawson APM said this is a strong example of international law enforcement and intelligence agencies working together to target transnational criminal enterprises.

“The ’Ndrangheta is known as one of the most powerful criminal ­organisations in the world, adept at money-laundering, extortion and drug trafficking.

“Given the transnational nature of serious and organised crime, our relationships with national and international partners are more important than ever before, and this arrest is a testament to the value of these relationships,” Mr Dawson said.

Bruno Crisafi was subject to an Interpol Red Notice for international cocaine trafficking.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Western Australia State Crime, Pryce Scanlan, said the working relationship between WA Police and its federal law enforcement partners had never been better.

“This is another example of the importance of the joint agency approach against organised crime,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Scanlan said.

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23 June 2017