Italian mafia Don nicknamed ‘king of cocaine’ arrested in Brazil
Morabito is nicknamed by his criminal associates U Tamunga – a Calabrian dialect interpretation of DKW Munga, a type of German four-wheel-drive jeep he was driving.
During an operation involving Italian police, Brazilian police, the FBI and the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Morabito was found in a hotel in the town of João Pessoa, the capital of the state of Paraiba, on the northwest coast of Brazil.
“We have put in a lot of investigative work to achieve this result,” said Giovanni Bombardieri, a senior anti-mafia prosecutor in Calabria. “We had been on his trail for a while.
Morabito had previously been captured – he was arrested in 2017 at a hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay after being on the run for 23 years.
But two years later, while in detention and waiting to be extradited to Italy, he escaped prison by crawling through a hole in the roof.
“Rocco Morabito is a big hit. Besides being the second most wanted fugitive from Italy, he is also considered one of the most important drug traffickers of the clans, ”Anna Sergi, ‘Ndrangheta expert and professor of criminology at the University, told the Telegraph. from Essex.
“He ‘grew up’ in Milan, from a criminal standpoint, and that gave him access to the cocaine trade from the start.
The mafia boss is a cousin of the much feared Giuseppe Morabito, nicknamed in the Calabrian dialect U Tiradrittu – the one who shoots straight.
“Giuseppe Morabito is certainly one of the most notorious patrons of the ‘Ndrangheta and one of the most influential”, bringing clans from all over Calabria to drug trafficking, Professor Sergi said.