How Brazilian police arrest Italian drug lord, Rocco Morabito, after years on the run

How Brazilian police arrest Italian drug lord, Rocco Morabito, after years on the run



An Italian mafia boss and notorious drug smuggler dubbed the "king of cocaine" has been arrested in Brazil two years after breaking out of prison in Uruguay and going on the run.


Rocco Morabito, a fugitive drug lord with ties to the powerful 'Ndrangheta criminal gang, was arrested in a hotel room in the city of Joao Pessoa on Monday May 24, Brazil's justice ministry said.


He broke out of prison in June 2019 by escaping through the roof with three other inmates in Uruguay's capital Montevideo, the country's authorities said at the time.



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







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


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