A major boss of the Italian mafia organization ‘Ndrangheta was arrested in the Spanish capital Madrid. Domenico Paviglianiti was one of the most sought after Italian criminals and is suspected of involvement in murder and large-scale drug trafficking.
Paviglianiti was arrested in the Cuatro Caminos, known as a working class district. He had 6,000 euros in cash, six cell phones and a fake Portuguese ID. He could be traced after the Italian and Spanish police found his family in Barcelona, where Paviglianti lived for several months before leaving for Madrid.
The mafioso was arrested in Spain in 1996. He was then handed out to Italy and sentenced to life in prison, which is common among mafia bosses. After twenty years, he was released after his lawyers successfully challenged the punishment. Spain is not allowed to hand out people who can go to prison for life in the other country. The highest Italian judge said he was unfairly released in 2019, after which another arrest warrant was issued.
Many Italian mafiosi stay in Spain as a lot of drugs come in from South America and North Africa. The ‘Ndrangheta holds large parts of the European cocaine trade.