The Guardia di Finanza is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance and part of the Italian armed forces. It also is responsible for preventing tax evasion and corruption. The Guard is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy's primary agency for suppressing the drugs trade. The Guardia di Finanza maintains over 600 boats and ships and more than 100 aircraft to serve in its mission of patrolling Italy's territorial waters.
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