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Mafia figure arrested after police view YouTube cooking show

Robert Besser
07 May 2021, 16:17 GMT+10

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic: Italian detectives have arrested a member of the Italian mafia after seeing him on YouTube in the Dominican Republic.

Marc Feren Claude Biart is a member of the mafia in Calabria, having fled Italy in 2014.

After settling in the Dominican Republic, according to police, he and his wife began streaming an Italian cooking show on Youtube.

While Biart was careful not to show his face on camera, police identified him by a tattoo which was often seen.

Police noted that Biart and his wife remained separate from the local Italian community.

Biart was arrested in the Dominican town of Boca Chica, and has since been returned to Italy.

Biart's arrest is part of the largest mafia trial to be held in 30 years. More than 300 suspected 'Ndrangheta' mafia members are to be tried, and close to 1,000 witnesses are expected to give evidence.

Those on trial are to be charged with murder, drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering.

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