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Brazil captures runaway Italian mafia boss – fr


BRASILIA, BRAZIL – Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito was arrested in northeastern Brazil on Monday, police said, nearly two years after his escape from a prison in Uruguay where he was awaiting extradition to the Italy.

Morabito, considered a “capo” or captain of the ‘Ndrangheta group, was captured in the town of Joao Pessoa with another Italian “outlaw” following a joint investigation with Italy, said the Brazilian Federal Police in a statement.

Morabito is wanted in Italy for drug trafficking.

“There are traces of Rocco Morabito’s involvement in… drug trafficking between Brazil and Europe since the 1990s,” Brazilian police said.

The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil has issued an arrest warrant.

Nicknamed “the king of cocaine”, Morabito has been wanted since 1995 by the Italian courts, which accuses him of illicit association and drug trafficking.

Among other offenses, he is accused of having transported drugs to Italy and their sale in Milan, as well as having attempted to import 592 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil in 1992 and 630 kilograms a year later.

He was one of Italy’s most wanted men when he was arrested at a Montevideo hotel in September 2017.

By that time, he had lived for 13 years under a false identity in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este.

He was sentenced in his absence to 28 years’ imprisonment by an Italian court in 2015, later increased to 30 years.

PRISON ESCAPE

In June 2019, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry announced that Morabito and three other detainees had escaped through a hole in the roof of their prison in the capital Montevideo, triggering a massive manhunt and causing the resignation of the head of the Uruguayan prison.

The much feared Italian mafia Ndrangheta is believed to run much of the cocaine trade in Europe from Calabria in the southwest.

He is also involved in arms trafficking, prostitution and extortion.

Morabito arrived in trendy Milan from his hometown of Africo, Calabria, at the age of 23, and quickly made a name for himself in the drug scene.

Nicknamed “U Tamunga” in reference to a German military vehicle, the DKW Munga, the young Morabito became a charismatic figure in Milan who frequented bars and parties, according to the Italian press.

He quickly caught the attention of Italian anti-Mafia investigators and they regularly followed him delivering suitcases filled with millions of pounds to Colombian drug traffickers.

Police moved in on his birthday when he was making what was to be his last delivery, in October 1994, but he managed to escape.

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