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Italian drug lord arrested in Colombia

By Lauren Russell, CNN
July 6, 2013 -- Updated 0916 GMT (1716 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Italian drug lord Roberto Pannunzi is arrested north of Bogota
  • He allegedly headed a criminal organization in southern Italy
  • He is accused of importing up to two tons of cocaine into Europe each month

(CNN) -- Italian drug lord Roberto Pannunzi, one of Europe's most wanted traffickers, was captured in a shopping center north of Bogota, Colombia police said Saturday.

Pannunzi first presented a fake Venezuelan ID and identified himself as Silvano Martino. The Colombian police and Drug Enforcement Agency collaborated to capture him.

He was known as the "Pablo Escobar of Italy," Colombian defense ministry said in a twitter post.

Pannunzi is accused of importing up to two tons of cocaine into Europe each month, according to the defense ministry.

He allegedly headed a criminal organization in southern Italy.

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