Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, led a quiet life in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. The local Italian expat community considered him a “foreigner,” police said in a statement.
He was betrayed by a YouTube channel showing off his Italian cooking skills. The videos never showed his face, but the tattoos on his body gave him away, they said.
Biart had been on the run since 2014 when Italian prosecutors on behalf of the Cacciola clan of the Ndrangheta Mafia ordered his arrest for cocaine trafficking in the Netherlands.
Based in Calabria, the region that forms the toe of Italy’s boot, the ‘Ndrangheta is considered one of the most powerful criminal syndicates in the world due to its control over most of the cocaine that enters Europe.
It has expanded its reach to all parts of the world and has long surpassed the Sicilian Cosa Nostra as Italy’s largest mafia organization.