Italian suspected in Mafia drug case busted while shopping in Tilburg

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Members of a Dutch police SWAT team (Stock Photo: Politie). (Members of a Dutch police SWAT team (Stock Photo: Politie))

An internationally sought drug dealer was arrested while shopping for groceries in Tilburg this weekend. The 38-year-old man is believed to be part of the mafia and was arrested at the request of the Italian authorities, NOS reports.

The Italian authorities suspect the man of heading an organization that traffics drugs - cocaine and ecstasy in particular - on Sardinia. He has both Dutch and Italian nationality and has been internationally wanted since spring last year. The man can face up to 24 years in jail in Italy.

Special police team FastNL - a team specialized in finding and arresting both national and international fugitives - arrested the man after he left his hiding address to go buy groceries. He will be extradited to Italy in the near future. 

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