Italian mafia drug Baron nicknamed “the King of Cocaine” Rocco Morabito, has been captured in Uruguay after 23 years on the run.
The Uruguayan Interior Ministry in a statement confirms that Rocco Morabito, 50, Drug fugitive boss of Italy’s most powerful organised crime group, the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, had been living with false papers in the southern coastal resort of Punta del Esta for more than a decade.
Rocco Morabito is considered to be one of Italy’s five most dangerous drug Baron and has been on the run from arrest since 1994.”Uk telegraph report”.
Morabito, who obtained Uruguayan papers after presenting a false Brazilian passport in the name of Francisco Capeletto, was arrested on Monday at a luxury hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, along with his wife, reportedly an Angolan national.
During a search of his home in Uruguay, police found 13 mobile phones, which investigators said were used for drug trafficking, a 9mm pistol, ammunition, a hunting knife and 150 passport photos of himself in different guises.
The Fugitive Boss,has be “a key figure” in the ‘Ndrangheta mob, which controls a large part of the world’s cocaine trade.
The Drug Baron arrest was the result of a joint operation between police in South America and investigators in Calabria, the home of the much-feared ‘Ndrangheta.”theguardian report”.
According to telegraph,the arrest came “after months of intense international cooperation in intelligence matters,” the Italian police said in a statement. His false identity was known to Interpol and when he checked into the hotel, an alert was generated.
“He didn’t put up any resistance,” said Emilio Russo, an Italian officer involved in the investigation. “He tried to deny who he really was, but when put under pressure admitted to his real identity.
“We maintain that Morabito was still actively involved in criminality. He was not a former member of the ‘Ndrangheta, he was still very much an active member.”
Forbes magazine report that, he is among the 10 most wanted criminals in the world who have alleged to have killed up to 50 people and once boasted.