‘Cocaine king of Milan’ to be extradited
12 Mar 2018

Uruguay has agreed to extradite a notorious drug trader known as the “cocaine king of Milan” back to Italy.

Rocco Morabito was arrested last year in the Uruguayan resort town of Punta del Este, where he had been living under a false identity for about a decade.

The suspected head of the ‘Ndrangheta crime gang has been one of Italy’s most wanted fugitives since 1995.

His lawyer says he will appeal against the extradition order.

The judge, a specialist in organised crime, approved the extradition earlier in the week, and the Uruguayan press received its confirmation on Friday.

Uruguay’s El País newspaper reports that he was extradited on the basis of prior convictions for links to organised crime and drug trafficking – issued in absentia – rather than for a new trial.

Morabito’s lawyer told the newspaper he plans to appeal the ruling on the basis that the extradition treaty between the two countries does not cover convictions issued in absentia.

The ‘Ndrangheta gang controls about 80% of Europe’s cocaine trade. Police say Morabito was behind the smuggling of hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Brazil to Italy.


Read more:

Hacking suspect wins appeal against US extradition

Chinese money launderers paid £1.8m into London banks

Banker, trader helped Iran evade sanctions – how blacklisted governments launder billions

Advance your CPD minutes for reading this article, by signing up and using the CPD Wallet

Must Read

Elise Bean – The Inside Track – The US Senate’s Investigations into Financial Crime

Elise Bean joins Tom Devlin (from KYC360) in conversation to discuss her new book, highlights of her investigative career, and learning points for both banks and financial crime investigators arising from the PSI's work Read More

Financial crime: Court orders banks to open account for convicted fraudster

The Royal Court in Jersey has ruled that a trust for a convicted fraudster should be allowed to open a bank account on the Isle, despite being denied banking services in other jurisdictions. The case put before the Jersey court is linked to another infamous scam, unrelated to the trust… Read More