Security officials said Tuesday that one of Europe’s most-wanted drug traffickers had been extradited from Syria to Italy, leading to his arrest in Rome.
A Naples mafia drug supplier named Bruno Carbone was sentenced of international drug trafficking, in his absence, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A police source said the man was detained at Ciampino airport in Rome on Tuesday morning immediately after disembarking a plane from Syria.
He had been detained by Syrian militant group the Hayat Tahrir Al Sham while “passing through liberated areas” in March.
According to Mr Sankari, Carboni was “handed over to his country according to the rules in force.”
In 2013, Carbone escaped Italy after serving a prison sentence and moved to Europe and then Turkey, where he lived under regime control.
According to Site, a counter-terrorism organization that monitors jihadi websites, HTS’s security spokesman Dhia Al Umar said that Syria was “the best refuge from the law” for Carbone.
According to Site, Mr Al Umar said the man passed himself off as a Mexican who fled his country after being caught selling fake luxury watches.
The area is a significant supplier, transit route, and consumer of illegal substances.
Drugs in the region, particularly Captagon, have seen a dramatic increase in production, distribution, and consumption in the last decade, and Captagon has become the region’s most popular drug.
Fighters on all sides of the Syrian civil war have long been said to be addicted to the synthetic amphetamine.