'Cocaine king of Milan' busted after 23 years on the run

Imagine being on the run from the cops, it must be pretty crazy; everyday you would live in fear, wondering if your time is finally up. It's probably a bit like Narcos: we've all watched Narcos, right? If you haven't, I'm not sure what you've been doing for the past year, but it paints a pretty glamorous picture of the life of a drug lord until it all goes wrong, and it's easy to imagine that the reality of being on the run is pretty grim. However, one former drug-lord from Italy seemed to be living a lovely life, until he was arrested recently.


One of Italy's most notorious criminals has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from the police. Rocco Morabito was one of the most wanted men in Italy until his arrest and faces convictions for mafia association and drug trafficking.

Rocco Morabito of the 'Ndrangheta organised crime gang was detained by police in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este. Uruguayan police claim that Morabito had been living in the area for more than 10 years, using a false identity to stop people finding out who he actually is.

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During his peak of activity, Morabito was labelled as the "cocaine King of Milan" due to his involvement in the drug shipping trade from South America to Italy. His gang, the 'Ndrangheta, controls much of the world's cocaine shipping and police say that Morabito was directly involved in the smuggling of hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Italy during his time in the gang.

The Uruguayan police believe that the ex-druglord arrived in the country in 2002 and that he has settled there ever since. Morabito was arrested in a hotel in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Officials say that the criminal had settled in the resort of Punta Del Este, using Brazilian identity papers and going by the name of Francisco Capeletto.


During the search of his villa, police found a 9mm gun, 13 mobile phones and 150 passport-sized photos of Morabito in different guises. Police also detained his wife during the raid.


Marobito's lawyer said that his client has been leading a "normal life" since 1994 and has not engaged in any criminal activities since he has been on the run. He is currently being held in Uruguay on the basis of falsifying documents, but it is expected that he will eventually be extradited to Italy in the coming months.

Morabito isn't the first member of 'Ndrangheta to have been found after years on the run. Last year, police in Italy also found another mafia boss, who had been on the run for 18 years, hidden inside of a bunker in the mountains of Calabria, Italy.

Morabito has been on the run for 23 years, that's almost as long as I have been on this planet; which is pretty mad. However, his day was always going to come, and he'll have to face the punishments he deserves. Still, he looks like he's had it pretty easy for the last 23 years, I wouldn't mind a pool in my garden.