Italian media reported on Monday that the security services put an end to the activity of an organized criminal cell that exploits illegal immigrants “Harragas” in drugs trafficking and said that an Algerian is leading the gang in one of the streets of Cagliari, in the island of Sardinia.
According to “Castiglione Online” website, the Italian police arrested a group of migrants, including Algerians, who were recruited to sell drugs, accusing an Algerian of being the mastermind of the gang that is active in human trafficking and smuggling illegal immigrants from the Algerian coast to Italy, and money laundering as well.
Among the arrested group there were several young girls from different African nationalities, who had been exploited after facilitating their illegal entry into the Italian territory.
The same reports said that the Italian authorities were pursuing this cell for about 4 years, to be finally caught up after surveillance and prosecution campaigns.
According to the Italian source, the leader of the gang called “Y.M” is 45, and he emigrated to Italy several years ago and is working to help Algerians and Africans to secretly travel on board of the death boats to the Italian region of Cagliari, and after that they were hired to sell drugs in the Italian streets.