According to authorities, the Mafia leader and Italian Rocco Morabito is a drug smuggler who has been at large since escaping from a Uruguay prison in June 2019. Ampessoa was arrested.
The Brazilian Federal Police stated that Rocco Morabito, believed to be the leader of the “Ndragheta (Calabrian Mafia)”, was arrested “along with another Italian fugitive” after a “joint investigation by Brazil and Italy” , His identity has not yet been revealed.
According to the Brazilian police, these people are Italy’s most wanted criminals.
“Since the 1990s, there have been traces of Rocco Morabito’s involvement in organizing drug smuggling activities between Brazil and Europe,” the police said, and he arranged a press conference on Tuesday to detail the operation.
The 54-year-old Morabito was arrested on the order of the Supreme Court.
Since 1995, the Italian judiciary has been pursuing Morabito on charges of illegal association and drug smuggling. In his absence, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison, then 30 years.
The Italian is considered one of the most wanted men in the world. After living in the Uruguay resort of Punta del Este for 13 years under a false identity, he was arrested in a hotel in Montevideo in 2017.
The Uruguayan judiciary approved his extradition to Italy in 2018, but in June 2019, he managed to escape from the roof of Montevideo’s largest prison and has been at large since.