Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:44pm IST
Investigation centres on wind farm in southern Italy
* Wind farm seen controlled by Calabrian mafia clan
* Suspects believed to have helped mob launder money
* Offices of HSH Nordbank searched as part of investigation (Adds Osnabrueck prosecutor's comments, background)
HAMBURG, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of police officers searched homes and offices across Germany on Tuesday as part of an international investigation into a suspected money-laundering scheme by the Calabrian mafia involving a wind farm in Italy, a senior prosecutor said.
The 'Ndrangheta is made up of more than 100 clans with a global reach. Its economic clout now surpasses that of its better known Sicilian counterpart, Cosa Nostra, thanks to a strategy focused on smuggling cocaine, Italian anti-mafia magistrates say.
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