A well-known Italian mob boss known as the "Cocaine King of Milan" fled Sunday from a prison in Uruguay while waiting to be extradited to Italy after spending more than a decade in the South American country had lived a wrong name, officials said.
Rocco Morabito, 52, was the alleged leader of the Calabrian Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful organization for organized crime and one of the largest European importers of cocaine from South America, the Independent newspaper reported.
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Uruguay's Home Office confirmed Monday that Morabito has fled through a hole in the roof of the central prison in Uruguay's capital Montevideo inmates and deprived the owners of a local Farmhouse before the escape.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told Sky News that he would ask for Morabito's "disturbing and serious" escape from prison "for immediate explanations from the government of Montevideo." "We will continue to hunt Morabito wherever he is, to jail him as he deserves," Salvini said.
He was arrested at a hotel in Montevideo in 2017 after living in Uruguay for 13 years under a false name, Sky News reported. He used a Brazilian passport to pose as a soybean farmer and real estate salesman, the report said.
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Morabito was convicted in Italy in 1994 for mafia dressing, drug trafficking and other serious crimes Following the conclusion of a $ 7.9 million agreement on the import of nearly one tonne of cocaine to Italy. He was reportedly fled the country before the authorities put him in jail, and was forced to flee for 23 years before being arrested in 2017.