Italy’s second most-wanted mobster is extradited from Brazil
Rocco Morabito was second on the checklist of Italy’s most wished and harmful mobsters.
He was convicted 20 years in the past in absentia of drug trafficking as a part of the ‘Ndrangheta organised crime syndicate.
A convicted mobster who was certainly one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitives has arrived in Rome after being extradited by Brazil following 28 years on the run.
Italian police describe him as one of many world’s high drug sellers.
Morabito, 55, should serve a 30-year jail sentence after being convicted in absentia by a court docket in Milan in 2001.
He was arrested in Might 2021 by Brazilian police in a joint operation with Italian and US investigators.
Morabito had earlier been arrested in Uruguay in 2017 however escaped from jail there two years later.
Italian police have been looking for him since 1994.
Calabria-based anti-Mafia prosecutors say Morabito performed an enormous function in cocaine trafficking between South America and Milan, a key distribution level for the drug to be bought elsewhere in Italy and throughout Europe.
Along with drug trafficking, Morabito has been convicted in Italy of Mafia affiliation.
When he was captured in 2017 in Uruguay, Morabito was residing in a luxurious villa in a seaside resort utilizing an alias and a false Brazilian passport, authorities mentioned on the time.
Throughout his arrest in a Montevideo lodge, police additionally seized a 9mm gun, 13 cellphones and a stash of money, in addition to a Mercedes coupe.
Nonetheless high of Italy’s checklist of most-wanted mafia bosses is Matteo Messina Denaro, thought-about to nonetheless wield high energy within the Cosa Nostra in Sicily regardless of being a fugitive since 1993.