Ragusa (Italy), Sep 15 (IANS/AKI) Police in Italy’s Sicily on Friday arrested 15 mafia suspects accused of extortion against local businesses, of money laundering and fraud.

A company and agricultural land was impounded during the operation, police said.

The suspects allegedly belong to the Sicilian mafia’s Ventura clan whose stronghold is the town of Ragusa. They were detained after a probe coordinated by anti-mafia prosecutors in the eastern port city of Catania, which identified the clan’s leadership and organisational structure, said police.

A total 102 officers, sniffer dogs and helicopters were deployed in Friday’s operation, according to police.

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