Police Bust Mafiosi Behind Europe's Biggest Chocolate Heist
According to The Local, Italian police have arrested 48 members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia family from southern Calabria. The mafia members reportedly were also dealing in stolen drugs, guns, and even flowers, in addition to the largest chocolate heist in recorded history.
Police became aware of the theft when they found 5,000 boxes of Lindor chocolates worth about $1.7 million in a storehouse in Naples. At that point Lindt & Sprungli confirmed that it had lost nearly 300 tons of chocolate to thieves.
The stolen chocolate was reportedly sold in Italy, Poland, Austria, and Switzerland.
"This operation has shown that the 'Ndrangheta families today have the financial and human means to colonize outside their home territory," said Rome deputy prosecutor Michele Prestipino.