A recognized Italian mob boss known as the "Cocaine King of Milan" escaped from a Uruguay prison on Sunday while waiting to be handed over to Italy after living in the South American country for over a decade under a false name, officials said. .
Rocco Morabito, 52, was the alleged leader of Calabrian & # 39; Ndrangheta, Italy's strongest organized crime group and one of the largest European importers of cocaine from South America, reported Britain's independent newspaper.
On Monday, Uruguay's internal ministry confirmed that Morabito fled through a hole in the roof of the central prison in Uruguay's capital Montevideo on Sunday with three other prisoners and robbed the owners of a local farm before fleeing.
FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2017 file photo published by the Italian police, a man identified by police as prolonged fleeting Rocco Morabito, looks down to being arrested at a hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini told Sky News that he would "ask for immediate explanations from the Montevideo government" after Morabito's "disturbing and serious" escape from prison. "We will continue to hunt Morabito wherever he is to throw him into prison as he deserves," Salvini said.
He was arrested at a Montevideo hotel in 2017 after living in Uruguay for 13 years under a false name, Sky News reported. He used a Brazilian passport to constitute a soybean and real estate seller, the report said.
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Morabito was convicted of mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes in Italy in 1994 after completing a $ 7.9 million deal to import nearly a ton of cocaine into Italy. He fled the country before the authorities put him in jail and had been on the run for 23 years before his arrest in 2017, reports