Two years ago the investigations done by the Antimafia Prosecutor Offices of Reggio Calabria and Rome have uncovered a large cocaine trafficking which from Latin America was heading to Rotterdam disguised as ‘flowers’. The hub of the trafficking was the flower market of Aalsmeer, the largest in the world and a pride for the Netherlands. The trafficking was managed by an ‘ndrangheta family from Siderno, belonging to the criminal consortium known as the Siderno Group of Crime, the most powerful drug cartel in Europe today.

While waiting for the outcome of the first instance trial, IRPI has investigated – together with the German centre for investigative journalism, Correctiv – the ‘ndrangheta presence in the Netherlands and unveiled how the cell has reorganised and keeps working in the country.

This investigation was produced with the support of the Flanders Connecting Continents Grant and the outcomes were published with the following articles:

How the Italian mafia is at home in the Netherlands“, by Cecilia Anesi and Giulio Rubino.
March 27, 2017

The ‘ndrangheta’s Dutch flower power“, by Cecilia Anesi and Giulio Rubino.
March 27, 2017

Wie die italienische Mafia den holländischen Blumenhandel nutzt, um Kokain zu schmuggeln“, by Cecilia Anesi and Giulio Rubino.
March 27, 2017

Maffia nog steeds actief op bloemenveiling“, by Cecilia Anesi, Giulio Rubino and Koen Voskuil.
March 27, 2017