The Uruguayan Interior Ministry in a statement confirms that Rocco Morabito described by authorities as a prominent member of the Ndrangheta, or Calabrian Mafia, a convicted drug kingpin in the Italian mafia has been arrested after being on the run for over 20 years.
He's been wanted since 1994. He was convicted in absentia for drug
trafficking and organized-crime activities in Italy, and was sentenced
to 30 years in prison. Italian authorities said that Morabito had been
responsible for shipping drugs into Italy and arranging distribution in
Morabito was arrested on Friday in a hotel in the Uruguayan capital
of Montevideo. Italian police said the arrest followed 'months of
international cooperation and intelligence activity'.
Uruguayan authorities said some months ago Morabito tried to enroll
his daughter in a local school using his real name, and his fingerprints
were confirmed by Italian authorities. Interpol issued a red notice for
For the last decade he lived in a comfortable rural villa near the
town of Maldonado, adjacent to the resort city of Punta del Este. When
he was arrested, Morabito had 13 cell phones, an automatic pistol, 12
credit and debit cards, a large quantity of Uruguayan money and US
$50,000 in cash, plus currency certificates worth US $100,000
In a search of Morabito's home in the town of Maldonado, authorities
seized a 2015 Mercedes and a Portuguese passport in his false Brazilian
name. His wife an Angolan national with a Portuguese passport was also
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