The forgotten fugitive. Edgardo Greco, 56, from Cosenza, has to serve a life sentence for double murder. Since 2006, however, he has managed to escape the police force. He is the last important Calabrian “fugitive” left in circulation: some believe he is hiding in Germany, other “sources” indicate that he is well camouflaged in Calabria. Strangely, his name does not appear among those of the most dangerous fugitives although for three decades he has managed to evade searches. Our investigative structures, however, have brought to justice in recent years “birds of the woods” who fled halfway around the world. Let’s deepen …
“Compare Rocco”. After the sensational escape from Montevideo prison, carried out in June 2019, Rocco Morabito he had chosen an elegant city in the north of Brazil, Joao Pessoa, to escape the handcuffs. It is there that he was arrested, last May, by the carabinieri thanks to the information provided by the US De a and Fbi. Before fleeing to the homeland of Samba, the Calabrian fugitive, originally from Africo, ended up in handcuffs in Uruguay, in 2017, where he lived in one of the most evocative areas of the South American country: Punta de le Este.
But the land crossed by the Amazon has always been considered a safe haven from the narcos of the ‘Ndrangheta. On July 8, 2019, they were in fact handcuffed in a luxurious residence in São Paulo, the superboss Nicola Assisi and his son, Patrick, originally from Grimaldi, a small town in Cosentino, but operating in Piedmont. The two, fugitives for some time, were found in possession of money, drugs and punches useful for sealing the shipping containers. In the villa of Assisi, in San Giorgio Canavese, the financiers of the Gico in recent years had found 4 million euros in cash buried “under vacuum”. On the following September 16, 2019, however, Andre de Oliveira Macedo, known as “Andre do Rap”, was arrested by South American federal police officers, found in a villa in Angra dos Reis, a well-known seaside resort about 150 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro. “According to information from international intelligence agencies, the man was at the head of the CCP group in charge of sending drugs from the port of Santos to Calabria, and from there to the rest of Europe,” said the Brazilian commissioner after the arrest. Fabio Pinheiro Lopes. The intercontinental drug trafficking network, set up by fugitives from Calabria and South America, subsequently lost another important link. Yes, because thanks to the US Goddess, the Brazilian police arrested Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos in Maputo, Mozambique, better known as “Fuminho”, one of the best known narcos in the country and historical leader of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC). . The man was extradited after a few hours to Brazil aboard a plane of the South American Armed Forces with about ten police officers on board. The authorities of Maputo had arrested, after twenty years in hiding, the boss who now seemed impregnable, accusing him of having illegally entered the country. “Fuminho” as “Andre do Rap” could tell many things about the relations his organization had with the Calabrians.
On 9 June 2017, at the airport of Sao Paulo (Brazil) while he was boarding a flight to Caracas (Venezuela) he lost his freedom Vincenzo Macrì, fifty-year-old grandson of Antonio Macrì, the so-called “chief of the bosses” killed in Siderno in 1975 after a game of bowls. Before him, South America had proved fatal to the freedom of Roberto Pannunzi, known as “Bebè”, perhaps the largest Calabrian cocaine broker ever, arrested in July 2013 in Bogotà. In Medellin, in April of that same year, they were also handcuffed, in two separate operations, Domenico Trimboli, understood as the “boss of two worlds” who lived in a villa in the area of Caldas and Santo Scipione, called “don Santo”, who enjoyed his old age in a well-equipped fazenda. Both, like Macrì, were involved in the great plot of international drug trafficking.
From Latin America to North America
In Toronto, Canada, Calabrian investigators arrested on September 3, 2013, Carmine Bruzzese, originally from Grotteria, investigated in the “Crime” operation; Giuseppe Coluccio, by Gioiosa Ionica, discovered on 7 August 2008 in a building in Toronto and Antonio Commisso, from Siderno, tracked down on June 26, 2005 in the big city of Ontario.
The old continent
Even Europe has always represented a safe area of residence for Calabrian “primroses”. In March 2021, in Lisbon, Portugal, he ended up in handcuffs Francesco Pelle, 44, from San Luca, known as “Ciccio Pakistan”, who despite being forced to live in a wheelchair had managed to reach the Lusitanian capital aboard equipped vehicles preceded by auto-owl. The carabinieri found him in a private clinic where he was hospitalized for problems related to Covid. Pelle had fled from Italy with false documents and, after crossing the south of France, had moved to Portugal. The first of the Calabrian fugitives to be stopped in Lusitanian land, back in 1992, was Emilio Di Giovine, boss of the Calabrian-Lombard drug trafficking in Milan in the 1980s. The wanted man, the protagonist a few years before the arrest of a sensational escape in the Lombard capital, was identified in Faro, in the south of Portugal, with his brother William. Di Giovine is the son of Maria Serraino, originally from Reggio Calabria, went down in history as the head of the family group that controlled drug dealing in the area of Piazza Prealpi in Milan. “Grandmother heroin” – as the investigators called her – died in 2017 at the age of 86. Emilio Di Giovine, like his sister Rita, then chose to collaborate with justice by deposing in important trials against the ‘Ndrangheta both in the Milanese capital and in Reggio Calabria. The former boss, in 1995, was also sentenced by the Portuguese judiciary to 16 years in prison for drug trafficking. In fact, even on the shores of the Atlantic, he had not stopped organizing the importation and marketing of hashish.
In the Netherlands, in Utrecht, however, in September 2013 he ended up in handcuffs Francesco Nirta, of San Luca, while in March 2009 in Amsterdam he was arrested Giovanni Strangio involved in the feud that broke out in the small town of Aspromonte. In Duisburg (Germany) Bruno Pizzata, known as “Josè”, who was involved in the activities of a cartel of narcos originating from San Luca, ended in 2011. The man died in recent months after contracting Covid in the Catanzaro prison. On 6 September 2017, in Amsterdam, he ended up in handcuffs, Antonio Bonarrigo, 36, from Cinquefrondi, hunted down in an elegant apartment.
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