- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - An Italian-U.S. investigation into drug smuggling has resulted in two dozen arrests - including seven in the New York City area.

Anti-Mafia police in Italy say the operation targeted a cocaine trafficking route between South America and the Italian port of Gioia (JOY’-uh) Tauro.

Officials say undercover agents in both countries prevented the delivery of cocaine hidden in shipments of coconuts and pineapples. They also confiscated heroin and marijuana.

Investigators used wiretaps and an undercover agent called “Jimmy” who infiltrated the Brooklyn-based mob.

Authorities say the investigation stemmed from an April 2012 meeting in Brooklyn between New York and Italy crime-group affiliates.

Prosecutor Marshall Miller says one of the U.S.-based suspects is accused of laundering money through a Brooklyn-based bank. He says investigators have seized several hundred thousand dollars.


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