Fugitive mafia boss arrested 2 years after escaping prison through hole in roof

The 'Cocaine King of Milan' has been handcuffed after escaping a Uruguay prison in 2019.

Fugitive Italian drug lord, Rocco Morabito has spent the last couple of decades as one of Italy's most wanted criminals, as the suspected mastermind behind one of the world's most dangerous gangs.

The Brazilian Justice Ministry announced on Monday that Morabito was arrested in a hotel room and taken into custody with two other foreigners.

Forces located the 'Ndrangheta criminal gang's alleged leader in the northeastern coastal city of João Pessoa, Brazil, the country's Justice Ministry confirmed in a statement.

It said: "[Morabito] was considered the second most wanted criminal in Italy and accused of involvement with the 'Ndrangheta', considered one of the largest and most powerful criminal organisations in the world."

One of the people also arrested was reportedly a fugitive too but remains unidentified by Brazil, The Independent reports.

The ministry added that Morabito had already been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Italy.

Morabito broke out of a jail in Uruguay two years ago, with three other inmates by climbing through a hole.

He was being held at the time for extradition to Italy.

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Uruguay’s prison system director Alberto Gadea handed in his notice and resigned from his post, following the high-profile prison break.

On Monday, the Federal Police added that Italian police had flown out to Brazil for Morabito’s arrest and had been involved in the operation.

According to The Independent, the notorious fugitive's capture in Brazil shows just how important the nation has become in the transatlantic drug trade.

Brazil's own gangs have formed relationships with criminal groups across Europe, including those in Holland, the Balkans, and Morabito's supposed 'Ndrangheta in Italy.

The 'Ndrangheta, which is based in the southern Italian region of Calabria, has overtaken Cosa Nostra to become the most powerful mafia group in the country and with that one of the largest modern crime gangs in the world.

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