Secret undercover tapes have revealed how the Italian Mafia planned to recover nearly a tonne of hashish from a truck destroyed in the Morandi Bridge tragedy.
More than 40 died when the bridge near Genoa partially collapsed four years ago.
Now it has emerged that a Mafia-run chiller truck was also on the bridge containing dope with a street value of EUR 3.6 million (GBP 3.14 million).
A plot on how a mafia don planned to recover the drugs was revealed as part of a later investigation into ‘Ndrangheta activities.
In a telephone conversation between Francesco Benito Palaia, 49 – boss of the ‘Ndrangheta Bellocco of Rosarno clan – and a suspect named as Rosario Caminiti, they discuss how to get it back.
Palaia reportedly said: “So, when the Morandi bridge collapsed, if you go to the first video, a van fell.
“It’s a yellow euro cargo, you can see it very well because it’s yellow, with a cold room.”
After the truck had been discovered by police in the bridge debris, investigators moved it to a more secure location.
Palaia went on: “They said they had confiscated it but now they have moved it from Latina to Frosinone and there is the possibility of picking it up.
“You need a trolley and I’ll take it directly to Calabria.”
The call emerged from a report about the “Blu Notte” (“Night Blue”) operation of the Reggio Calabria district’s anti-mafia directorate, which led to the arrest of 47 people on Monday, 12th December, with 93 suspects being investigated in total.
According to Italian investigators, the drugs were moved to a secure location after the collapse, with the ‘Ndrangheta Bellocco of Rosarno attempting to recover the drugs in March 2020.
The investigation is ongoing.