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Italian Police Make Arrests in Crackdown on Organized Crime

Italian authorities have issued more than 100 arrest warrants against suspected mobsters operating in southern Italy.

Police said Wednesday they were arresting suspected members of organized crime in the Adriatic port city of Bari on charges including Mafia association, drug trafficking and extortion.

Officials did not say how many people have been apprehended, but they said the arrested include eight women suspected of having leading roles in the organization.

Police also seized alleged Mafia assets, including bank accounts, stores and apartments worth more than $30 million.

The operation involved some 800 Italian carabinieri officers. They also made some arrests in northern Italy.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.