Thursday, March 24, 2022

Rocco Morabito to be extradited

On March 9, Brazil’s Supreme Court approved Rocco Morabito's extradition to Italy. It comes ten months after his arrest in northern Brazil in May 2021, following a joint manhunt by Brazilian, Uruguayan and Italian cops.
Rocco Morabito was arrested almost two years after his escape from a prison in Uruguay. He was awaiting extradition to Italy where he is a most wanted man. He had been sentenced in his absence to 28 years by an Italian court in 2015, a penalty later increased to 30 years. Morabito was behind the smuggling of tons cocaine from Brazil to Europe.
The ‘Cocaine king of Milan’ is one of Italy’s most wanted mob bosses.
Morabito established a partnership between the ‘Ndrangheta and Brazilian gang First Capital Command.
He was arrested while staying in a hotel in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, where he had gone after having a fight with his wife. A search of his villa in Punta del Este uncovered a gun, 13 mobile phones, and 150 passport-sized photos of Morabito in different guises.
Villa where Italian mafia fugitive Rocco Morabito lived near the resort town of Punta del Este
He was arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run. Rocco Morabito is considered a top leader of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s powerful organized crime group and one of Europe’s biggest importers of cocaine. Morabito has often rubbed shoulders with Sicilian boss Matteo Messina Denaro.
See ----->Hunt for mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro - Diabolik