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Italian fugitive arrested at Dominican airport

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic –¬†Interpol agents in the Dominican Republic announced Wednesday that they arrested an Italian fugitive at an airport in the Caribbean country’s capital.

A statement identified the man as Domenico Loiconi, 56. He allegedly fled Italy in 1992 before he was to start serving a sentence of nine years in prison for smuggling narcotics including heroin.

The statement said Loiconi had been in the Dominican Republic since July 15 and was detained Sunday at a Santo Domingo airport as he was about to board a flight to the United States. Dominican authorities said they believe Loiconi had recently been residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He was extradited to Italy on Tuesday.

In April, Dominican police arrested an alleged high-ranking member of an Italian mafia group who had been living in a resort town. Nicola Pignatelli, believed to be a high-ranking member of a mafia group based in Calabria, had fled Italy in 2011 before he was to start serving a 13-year sentence. He also was extradited shortly after his arrest.

Source: Miami Herald

Category: DR News |

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