Major 'Ndrangheta drug trafficker arrested in Italy

Santo Morabito captured following year-long man hunt

Major 'Ndrangheta drug trafficker arrested in Italy

Africo, April 12 - After a year-long manhunt, police said Friday that they have arrested fugitive Santo Morabito, considered a leading figure in the Ndrangheta mafia's international drug trafficking operations. He was traced to the home of a relative living in the centre of Africo in Calabria, the southern region where the 'Ndrangheta is based. It is believed to be the strongest of Italy's mafia crime groups, dominating the European cocaine trade. According to a recent report from the Eurispes research agency, annual drugs profits for 'Ndrangheta are now the equivalent of 3% of Italian GDP. Ndrangheta' (from a Greek word meaning 'valor') once lived in the twin shadow of its Sicilian cousin Cosa Nostra and the Camorra in Naples. It is regarded as the most impenetrable of Italy's mafias, with its close-knit family-based organisation outdoing the Sicilian mafia in its ability to defeat police efforts to turn members into state witnesses.

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