Organized crime in Italy  

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Since their appearance in the 18th century, Italian organized crime and criminal organizations have infiltrated the social and economic life of many regions only in Southern Italy, the most notorious of which being the Sicilian Mafia, which would later expand into some foreign countries including the US.

There are five main known mafia-like organizations in Italy: Cosa Nostra of Sicily, 'Ndrangheta of Calabria, who are considered among, if not the biggest cocaine smugglers in Europe and Camorra of Naples, are rather old: they started to develop between 1500 and 1800. Recently, two new organizations, Stidda and Sacra Corona Unita of Puglia have appeared.

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