A woman is escorted by police officers after being arrested in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.(Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
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Police in Italy and Germany seized 50 million euros ($60 million) in mafia assets Tuesday and arrested nearly 170 people, accusing them of running a huge mob-controlled commercial and political empire involving everything from bread and wine sales to funeral services, migrant housing and garbage recycling. Police and investigators told a news conference that most of the arrests, which totaled 169 by early afternoon, were carried out in the southern Italian region of Calabria, base of the 'Ndrangheta crime group. Police searched six apartments and four restaurants in Germany and confiscated cash, mobile phones, documents and storage devices, they said.The farmers' group Coldiretti estimates that at least 5,000 restaurants in Italy are in criminal hands and that the so-called "agro-mafia" business, including harvesting and distribution, is worth about 21.8 billion euros a year.Carabinieri police said "dozens" of public administration officials were among the 169 people arrested.
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