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Mexican authorities arrest Italian narcotics trafficker in Playa del Carmen by tracking Facebook posts

March 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities arrest Italian narcotics trafficker in Playa del Carmen by tracking Facebook posts

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Authorities in Mexico have arrested a reputed Italian narcotics trafficker during an operation in the resort city of Playa del Carmen.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and Quintana Roo State Police officials confirmed the arrest Iván Fornari for his role in an international narcotics trafficking ring, which smuggled drugs to Spain and Italy, Proceso reported.

The 34-year-old, who is from Cagliari, Italy, was the subject of an Interpol Red Notice for his arrest and subsequent extradition back to Italy where he remains a fugitive. Agents with Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) located the Italian narco by tracking his Facebook account.

Mexican and Italian authorities in coordination with Interpol managed to locate the flamboyant Italian narco in Playa del Carmen by tracking his social media posts

Officials said the social media addicted Italian narcotics trafficker maintained contact with his acquaintances in Italy, to whom he boasted of his good life in Mexico.

The images in his account showed the most frequented places like the gym, the workplace, and the house where he lived.

Interpol and Italian Police officials notified Mexican authorities to Fornari’s presence in the country. He was subsequently arrested and handed over to Italian law enforcement officials without any extradition proceedings.

Fornari, who is facing a prison sentence for a drug trafficking conviction back in his native Cagliari, is the second Italian organized crime figure to be arrested in the past week.

Fornari boasted of the good life in Mexico on his Facebook account which ultimately led to his arrest

As JammedUp News reported, Mexico’s Criminal Investigation Agency in coordination with Italian authorities arrested 64-year-old Giulio Perrone, one of Italy’s most wanted gangsters in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas last week.

Perrone is identified as a powerful leader of the Camorra Mafia based in Naples who has remained a fugitive for over a decade.

Italian organized crime figures have maintained working ties with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels over the years.

In 2008, DEA and Italian investigators uncovered close links between N’Dranghteta, Italy’s most powerful mafia based in Calabria who dominate Europe’s cocaine trade, and senior figures within the Los Zetas criminal organization, which is considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel.

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