Italian mobster lived as fugitive on Costa del Sol

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Carlo Leone was arrested in San Pedro de Alcántara on Thursday. Photo: Guardia Civil
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Police have arrested a member of an Italian criminal gang who spent years living along Spain's Costa del Sol, frequenting luxury restaurants and keeping tabs on transnational drug trafficking.

Carlo Leone was arrested in San Pedro de Alcántara on Thursday, six years after he escaped an arrest warrant in Italy’s Calabria region.

The 55-year-old was located in the Costa del Sol in February, as part of a joint investigation between Italian authorities and the Spanish Civil Guard.

Leone is a member of Naples’ Elia clan and was involved in trafficking drugs between South America, Spain and Italy.

While living as a fugitive he continued to maintain his contacts in the international drug trade, focusing on cocaine and hashish, police said on Friday.

While criminal convictions hung over Leone in Italy, he whiled away his years on the run at some of the Costa del Sol’s top restaurants.

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His penchant for the Spanish luxury life, however, helped police investigators, who discovered he could frequently be found in a bar-restaurant in San Pedro de Alcántara.

Leone was arrested while walking alone in the town and jailed by police, while authorities arrange his extradition to Italy.  

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