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On the run for 15 years, a drug dealer arrested coming to his daughter’s birthday

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An Italian police car. Drawing – Louise MERESSE/SIPA

On the run for more than 15 years, an Italian drug dealer was arrested when he visited his daughter’s 23rd birthday in Rome, Italian police said on Friday.

David Cittadini went into the bush in March 2006 after his conviction to 13 years and 4 months for international drug trafficking, according to a statement.

The man was hiding in Spain

The Italian gendarmes were on his trail and knew that he was in hiding in Spain but that he maintained close relations with his mother and daughter, both residing in a district of Rome.

In the days leading up to the girl’s 23rd birthday, plainclothes gendarmes began to monitor the house where the two women lived, until a man resembling the fugitive appeared in the building.

One of the leaders of a drug trafficking ring

The police then intervened and arrested the man who was trying to hide in a bedroom. The fugitive had a false Italian identity card which he had used that morning to board a Barcelona-Rome flight.

David Cittadini was considered one of the leaders of a network of drug traffickers dismantled following an investigation launched after two major drug seizures: 16 tons of hashish in 1999 and especially 2.1 tons of cocaine, seized in 2004 by Spanish customs off the Canary Islands, according to the same source.

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