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Notorious mafia don finally caught after two years on the run – during routine traffic stop

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Notorious ‘Ndrangheta mob boss Vittorio Raso was arrested during a routine traffic stop after being accidentally freed two years ago and has been on the run ever since

A brutal mafia boss is back behind bars after a routine police stop ends his time on the run.

Notorious gangster mobster Vittorio Raso was accidentally released from prison two years ago after being arrested in Spain on a warrant issued by Italian police who were looking for him on charges of organized crime, extortion and drug trafficking.

The senior member of the ruthless ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate in southern Italy had gone missing shortly after his arrest in 2020 when Spain’s National Court of Justice released him on a mix-up with a warrant.

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But 43-year-old Raso’s freedom only lasted until Tuesday, June 21, when his car was stopped in Castelldefels during a routine document check by Spanish police.

Raso’s forged papers were soon exposed as forgeries and he was arrested and fingerprinted to confirm his true identity.

Pictures from the arrest show Raso smiling broadly at his kidnappers from the police.

He was handed over to the Mossos d’Esquadra – the police force for the Spanish region of Catalonia – and remains in custody at the police station in nearby Gava.

Raso – nicknamed ‘Exhausted’ – is expected to appear in court today (Thursday).

Involved in extortion, drug trafficking, loan sharking, arms trafficking, money laundering, fraud, extortion, murder, robbery and kidnapping, the ‘Ndrangheta is considered one of the most powerful organized crime groups in the world.

Consisting of an extensive network of ‘ndrinaor clans based in Calabria, ‘the toe of Italy’s boot’, the ‘Ndrangheta’ is said to fetch almost £50m a year.

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Members of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police, who have used a secret app called AN0M to launch one of the largest and most significant crackdowns on organized crime in history.

Last year’s Operation Ironside provided AFP with an extensive file on more than 5,000 mafia members living in Australia to carry out their organized crime activities.

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