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A major Italian mafia drugs boss has been deported back to Italy from Spain following a drugs bust in Europe during the past week.
Italian crime lord Giuseppe Romeo had been on the run for three years – with an arrest warrant out for him across the continent due to his links at controlling cocaine routes across Europe.
The 35-year-old was returned to Rome from Spain by authorities on Saturday after he was arrested on Tuesday last week.
Romeo is accused of being a mastermind being an international drugs trafficking network run by three ‘Ndrangheta clans based in the Reggio Calabria region of southern Italy.
While the ‘Ndrangheta network is the most powerful mafia group in Italy said to be involved in criminal activities beyond drug trafficking and extortion.
Expatica describe Romeo as: “a major Italian mafia fugitive who controlled cocaine routes within Europe.”
While The Local Espania reports the criminal: "arrived at Fiumicino Airport under escort from Barcelona Friday night, following his March 11th arrest on a European arrest warrant after three years on the run".
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According to an Italian police statement, Romeo: “had the role of promoter, organiser and financier of trafficking of cocaine in Europe.
“He shuttled between between Calabria, Lombardy and north-western Europe to make agreements with suppliers and with suppliers and with some intermediaries in Belgium, Holland and Germany.”
While Romeo was arrested and moved by authorities in Spain, he was reportedly living in Germany at the time of his arrest.
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The criminal mastermind had previously evaded arrest in 2018 when authorities closed in on the ‘Ndrangheta network during a European raid.
The sting at the time had involved Italian, German, Dutch and Belgian authorities – with 90 people targeted on suspicion of being involved in cross-border drug and money laundering crimes.
While in November Romeo was sentenced in absentia to 20 years jail time for charges relating to drug trafficking, mafia association, drug possession, and money laundering.
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