Italian Drug Lord, Rocco Morabito, Arrested After Years On The Run

Whatsapp News

After years of breaking of jail, Italian mafia and notorious drug smuggler, Rocco Morabito has now been arrested in Brazil.

Morabito, a fugitive drug lord ties powerful ‘Ndrangheta criminal gang, arrested in a hotel room in city of Joao Pessoa on Monday 24, Brazil’s ministry said.

He broke of prison in June 2019 by escaping roof three inmates in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, country’s authorities said at .

Morabito, Italy’s second most wanted criminal, had been wanted for 23 years for convictions including Mafia association and drug before his previous arrest in September 2017.

Then, he found using a fake name and false Brazilian passport, and living in a luxury villa its own swimming pool in the seaside resort of Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Morabito convicted in 1994 after doing a £6.2m drug deal import almost a tonne of cocaine into Italy, but fled the country before he could be jailed.

He was awaiting extradition Italy when he escaped jail in Uruguay.

He was detained along with foreigners. One of the foreigners was another Italian fugitive.

In a statement, the Brazilian federal police said Morabito, 54, had been involved in the of drugs between Brazil and Italy since the 1990s.

He was the subject of an Interpol red notice for his role between 1988 to 1994 in international drug , including an attempt to import over 1,000 kilos of cocaine between 1992 and 1993.

The Federal Police said Italian police traveled to Brazil for the arrest and were involved in the .

“(Morabito) was considered the second most wanted criminal in Italy and accused of involvement with the ‘Ndrangheta, considered one of the largest and most powerful criminal organizations in the world,” the Ministry said.