One of Italy’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from convictions for mafia association and drug trafficking.
Rocco Morabito of the ‘Ndrangheta organised crime gang was detained in the resort of Punta del Este.
Uruguayan police said he had been living there for more than 10 years under a false identity.
He was nicknamed “cocaine king of Milan” for his involvement in shipping the drug from South America to Italy.
The ‘Ndrangheta controls much of the world’s cocaine trade and police say Morabito was behind the smuggling of hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Italy.
South American hideaway
Morabito is believed to have arrived in Uruguay in 2002.
Police arrested Morabito in a hotel in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo. But officials said he had settled in the resort of Punta del Este with false Brazilian identity papers in the name of Francisco Capeletto.
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