Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Rocco Morabito reeled in

Italian mob boss Rocco Morabito was arrested in northeast Brazil almost two years after his escape from a prison in Uruguay. He was awaiting extradition to Italy where he was one of that country's most wanted men. 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 hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Italy.The ‘Cocaine king of Milan’ is one of Italy’s most wanted mob bosses.
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 firearm, 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 had been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run. Rocco Morabito was considered the most wanted fugitive member of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s powerful organized crime group and one of Europe’s biggest importers of South American cocaine. Morabito has often rubbed shoulders with the greatly feared Sicilian boss Matteo Messina Denaro.