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Italian mobster Rocco Morabito escapes from Uruguayan prison

Italian mobster Rocco Morabito escapes from Uruguayan prison

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan authorities say a top Italian organized crime boss has escaped from the prison where he was awaiting extradition to Italy.

Authorities said Monday that Rocco Morabito escaped with three others inmates through a prison roof.

Morabito has been convicted of drug trafficking. He was arrested in 2017 in Uruguay, where he had been living in a luxury seaside villa under an alias for about a decade. He had been on the run from Italy since 1994.

Prosecutors say Morabito played a large role in trafficking operations between South America and Milan — a distribution point where drugs are then sold elsewhere.

He has also been described as a key figure in the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mob, one of the world's biggest movers of cocaine.


Updated : 2021-02-28 21:44 GMT+08:00