A suspected Italian gangster has been caught caught after seven years on the run, thanks to law-enforcement officers recognizing his tattoos on a YouTube cooking channel he and his wife started, the BBC reported.
Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, went on the lam in 2014 when he was accused of trafficking cocaine into the Netherlands on behalf of the Cacciola clan of the 'Ndrangheta mafia, according to Agence France-Presse.
The 'Ndrangheta is described by AFP as Italy's biggest mafia organization, which controls most of the cocaine entering Europe.
The police said they caught Biart after recognizing him in Italian cooking videos he and his wife had posted to YouTube. Though Biart never showed his face, his tattoos were visible, and police were able to identify him that way, the BBC reported.
Officials said Biart was laying low in the Dominican Republic when he and his wife started making the videos. He was taken into custody by Interpol agents in the Caribbean country on March 24.
Biart was arrested on March 24 and extradited back to Italy.
According to Calabria News, Biart initially fled to Costa Rica when an arrest warrant was issued in 2014, but eventually settled in Boca Chica, in the Dominican Republic, where there is a large Italian expat community.
La Repubblica reported that Biart lived humbly, so as to avoid attention.
Biart's arrest is part of a new Interpol initiative aimed at taking down the 'Ndrangheta mafia, called I-CAN — Interpol Cooperation Against 'Ndrangheta, according to Calabria News. Italian police forces are working with 10 countries around the world to help combat the mafia.|0|https://www.insider.com/suspected-italian-gangster-caught-thanks-to-youtube-cooking-channel-2021-3|1|https://i.insider.com/6062f62467187800184ad3a6?width=1200&format=jpeg|2|www.insider.com|E|