Biart is Italian-Dutch and is accused of drug trafficking for the Cacciola clan of the ‘Ndrangheta between Italy and the Netherlands, mentioned Italy’s nationwide gendarmerie.
He had been residing a quiet life within the vacationer city of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, not removed from the nation’s capital, Santo Domingo, mentioned police.
In Boca Chica he was identified merely as Marc, and was cautious in his actions, in accordance with police. Nevertheless, police say Biart posted movies cooking Italian recipes on YouTube alongside his spouse.
Whereas the movies by no means confirmed the person’s face, investigators say they have been in a position to acknowledge Biart from his tattoos.
“The love for Italian delicacies allowed (police forces) to comply with his traces on the net and social networks, whereas the love for tattoos (allowed police) to acknowledge the fugitive as that cook dinner,” reads the assertion.
Rome-born Biart was arrested by Interpol officers and brought to Milan by airplane. Biart had beforehand lived in Costa Rica and moved to the Dominican Republic round 5 years in the past, mentioned police.
CNN has been unable to contact Biart’s legal professionals.
His arrest is a part of the Interpol Cooperation In opposition to ‘Ndrangheta (I-CAN) venture, which entails 10 nations around the globe. The venture is funded by Italy and led by Interpol.
The ‘Ndrangheta is current in at the least 32 nations — 17 of that are in Europe, Prefect Vittorio Rizzi, deputy director normal of public safety and central director of the Italian Felony Police, advised CNN.
Rizzi described Biart as one among ‘Ndrangheta’s “most harmful fugitives.”
The ‘Ndrangheta hails from Calabria, the “toe” of southern Italy. Authorities say the legal group has used cash laundering and drug trafficking to grow to be Italy’s strongest mafia group, controlling an estimated 80% of the cocaine getting into Europe.
Following Biart’s arrest, Italy’s monetary police emphasised the attain of the group.
“That is an operational success that demonstrates as soon as once more that the ‘Ndrangheta just isn’t a Calabrian pandemic nor an Italian one however that it represents a severe menace at a world stage,” reads the assertion.
In January greater than 320 suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta clan appeared in courtroom on fees together with extortion, drug trafficking and theft as a part of one of many greatest mafia trials in Italy’s historical past.
CNN’s Antonia Mortensen contributed to this report.