Bonanno family associate Charles Centaro (C ), also known as “Charlie Pepsi,” is escorted by FBI agents from their Manhattan offices in New York February 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
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Italy and the United States arrested dozens of people and broke up a fledgling alliance between New York's Gambino family and the 'Ndrangheta Mafia Tuesday, mainly thanks to a U.S. undercover agent who infiltrated the secretive Italian organized crime group.Italian and U.S. prosecutors and police gave details of the joint operation at a news conference in Rome, saying they issued 26 arrest warrants and placed 40 people under investigation in a two-year investigation.They said they had disrupted planned shipments of cocaine via a new drug route from South America to Italy and of heroin from Italy to the U.S. worth hundreds of millions of dollars.The prosecutor said a U.S. undercover agent, named only as "Jimmy" in investigation documents, was granted special dispensation by the police to operate in Italy and had played "a key role" in the operation.
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