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It was one of the biggest police sweeps ever carried out in Italy. And when it was over, more than 300 people had been rounded up, all of them suspected of belonging to one of the world's most powerful crime syndicates. The arrests took place throughout the country, showing that the mafia's reach has spread far beyond its southern roots. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Italy's top anti-mafia prosecutor, Pietro Grasso, said the sweep has revealed the Ndrangheta's power structure similar to the Sicilian mafia.
PIETRO GRASSO: (Italian spoken)
POGGIOLI: Roberto Galullo, a reporter for Il Sole 24 Ore, says Italian mobs now have sway throughout the country.
ROBERT GALULLO: (Through translator) There is not one Italian region that is not invaded by organized crime. It is no longer a southern problem but a national emergency. And that emergency is the need to restore the rule of law.
POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.
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