A Mafia fugitive has been captured in his Caribbean refuge – after being spotted in YouTube cooking videos he made with his wife, Italian police said on Monday.
Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, had been on the run since 2014, when Italian prosecutors ordered his arrest for alleged cocaine trafficking for the Cacciola clan of the Ndrangheta mafia, Agence France-Presse said.
He managed to lead a quiet life in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic – until he showed off his Italian cooking skills on a YouTube channel, police said, according to the news agency.
As Biart attempted to hide his face, he was betrayed by distinctive tattoos on his body, the agency said, without giving further details of their distinctive features.
The video was part of a cooking channel he started with his wife, according to Calabria News. He had otherwise lived as a “ghost” within the large Italian community of Boca Chica, with locals knowing him simply as “Marc”, the outlet said.
Biart was shown escorted by Interpol to a jet plane that took him to Milan, where he was arrested upon landing, according to the report. His bust was a key development for the specialized operation dubbed I-CAN, for Interpol Cooperation Against ‘Ndrangheta.
Ndrangheta is considered one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world due to its control over most of the cocaine entering Europe, AFP said.
It has spread its reach to all parts of the world and has long surpassed the Cosa Nostra of Sicily as the largest mafia organization in Italy.