From Colombia to Europe, to flood the main drug dealing centers of the old continent with cocaine. This is the blow dealt by the chief prosecutor of Trieste, Antonio De Nicolo, to a maxi band of narcos made up of 38 people. All of them are accused of very heavy crimes including international drug trafficking.


A truly impressive blitz, as evidenced by the contextual seizure of 4.3 tons of pure drugs, which could soon become a distant memory. Yes, because if the referendum passed “these arrests could no longer be made”, indeed “those arrested should be set free with many excuses from the Italian people” since “this is the rule that we intend to repeal”. Some might think that to utter similar words is some politician opposed to the referendum questions on Justice promoted by Lega and Radicali, but the reality is that it is precisely the prosecutor De Nicolo who made the arrests.

In short, a person who chews his job, knowing well what he is talking about, who a few days after the vote does nothing more than raise a legitimate doubt, also shared by many other experts, on the devastating effects that the approval of this referendum could go out. In his opinion, in fact, “the precautionary measures would all fall. Crimes such as drug trafficking, regardless of even monstrous quantities, are not carried out in violence against the person and therefore would fall back into the abrogative stream of the referendum “.

The controversy over the referendum breaks out

A point of view that was not liked by Riccardo Magi, President and deputy of + Europa, according to which “what was said by the Chief Prosecutor of Trieste who intervenes in the referendum campaign underway by providing false information to public opinion and thus conditioning the free conviction of Italian citizens on the expression of the vote is of unprecedented gravity “. For this Magi, invoking the intervention of the minister Marta Cartabiahe concludes by stating that “the Prosecutor operates a mystification of the reality and the very meaning of the Referendum which would by no means avoid recourse to pre-trial detention in cases of organized crime, much less international trafficking as in this case”.

From Colombia to Italy, the operation

What is certain is that the entire investigation was long and delicate. After all, over time the narcos have refined techniques and systems to evade the work of the Italian magistrates who, as happens in similar cases, have collaborated with their Colombian and American colleagues. The first step of this investigation was the identification of wholesalers and transport workers who, as far as Italy is concerned, referred to organized crime groups active in Calabria, Lazio, Lombardy and Veneto.

From these ‘little fish’, using various infiltrated agents it was possible to reach the South American top of this immense drug trafficking. And thanks to the work of the undercover cops, not only has the path taken by drug couriers been reconstructed but it has even been possible to set up a trap that has put drug traffickers in check. The latter, in fact, had long been looking for a safe harbor in Italy.

An indiscretion that did not escape the infiltrated agents who at that point had the idea of ​​creating a fake hub in the port of Trieste, complete with fake warehouses. A structure that the narcos immediately liked, convinced that they had found a place that could be investigated but that, in reality, had ended up in a trap by the magistrates themselves.

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