Italian police seize ‘astonishing’ stash of explosives, guns and drugs in mafia stronghold

Italian police said on Wednesday they had found over 2.5 kilos of explosives, over a kilo of cocaine and 14 weapons, including machine guns, in a mafia stronghold.

The haul was discovered in a garage by a sniffer dog during a raid in the southern city of Reggio Calabria, known to be in the grip of the ‘Ndrangheta organized crime syndicate, now considered Italy’s most powerful mafia group.

Under towering piles of clothes stashed in the garage police found “over two and a half kilos of explosive (gelatin-dynamite, with fuse and detonator), and a 1,100-gramme block of cocaine”.

The explosives, fuse and detonator “could have been used to make a very powerful so-called Improvised Explosive Device (IED),” police said in a statement. They also found two machine guns, six hunting guns, a shotgun, four semi-automatic guns, one revolver and over 500 bullets.

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