Saturday, 10 March 2018

Rocco Morabito: "Cocaine king of Milan" to be extradited to Italy

Uruguay has agreed to extradite a notorious drug trader known as the "cocaine king of Milan" back to Italy.

Rocco Morabito was arrested last year in the Uruguayan resort town of Punta del Este, where he had been living under a false identity for about a decade.

The suspected head of the 'Ndrangheta crime gang has been one of Italy's most wanted fugitives since 1995.

His lawyer says he will appeal against the extradition order.

The judge, a specialist in organised crime, approved the extradition earlier in the week, and the Uruguayan press received its confirmation on Friday.
Uruguay's El País newspaper reports that he was extradited on the basis of prior convictions for links to organised crime and drug trafficking - issued in absentia - rather than for a new trial.

BBC       News.