German police charge Italian organized-crime trio
( dpa )- German police have charges ready after identifying three men running a pizza parlour as operatives for a southern Italian organized crime syndicate, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
Two of the suspects have been arrested in San Luca, Calabria , a centre of the ' Ndrangheta syndicate, and Germany has applied for their extradition, the Augsburger Allgemeine said.
The third man was still at large but is being sought under a Europe-wide arrest warrant.
Their front business was a pizzeria in Sonthofen on the northern slopes of the Alps, according to the paper in a report released to other media in advance of publication Monday.
The ' Ndrangheta clan had been trafficking cocaine between Belgium and Italy and laundering counterfeit money, it said.
Asked by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa for confirmation, police in the region said they could neither confirm nor deny it.
A clash between feuding ' Ndrangheta clans is seen by German police as the background to a gangland slaying last August of six people in the western German city of Duisburg.