Mafia kingpin found decades after he disappeared – thanks to his 'secret' Facebook account

By Nadim Nyker
14 March 2017

Even dangerous drug lords can't resist Facebook.

It seems even dangerous drug lords are on Facebook.

Convicted drug dealer Giulio Perrone, who fled before his trial, has been found two decades later.

Perrone (65), a major kingpin in a Mafia drug trafficking operation, importing cocaine into Germany during the 80s and 90s, was convicted in 1998.

He'd been on the run for almost 20 years -- but it seems even convicted criminals on the run from the law can't resist the allure of the social network.

Under the name Saverio Garcia Galiero, Perrone had been posting happy snaps from his hideaway in Mexico. The photos shared on his account show a healthy, tanned man relaxing on the beach, or with his arm around an attractive woman.

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It was thanks to this seemingly innocent account that Naples police were able to track down the infamous drug smuggler, over two decades after his original arrest in 1993.

A court in Naples declared him a fugitive after finding him guilty of international drug trafficking and he was ordered to serve a 22-year sentence in 1998.

But Perrone had different plans. By the time his trial had come around, he was long gone.

He had already fled in 1994 while awaiting trial, four years prior to conviction. Italian forensic police, who were monitoring the Facebook posts of mobster families, discovered that the felon was on Facebook under an alias.

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Galiero was Perrone mother's maiden name, which made it even easier for police to trace him back to Italy.

According to a statement released by officials, the arrest of Perrone is the first of many to come. “This arrest is part of a larger strategy being coordinated by the anti-crime division of the Italian police to capture mafia fugitives who have been taking refuge abroad for many years.”

Originally arrested in 1993, the kingpin was accompanied by his wife, transporting 16 kilograms of cocaine to a Camorra crime syndicate based in Naples.

Perrone had remarried and had Mexican children, with whom he was living with in Mexico's north-easterly region of Tamaulipas.

Once the home of Mexico's oil industry, the region is rich history. However, today it is rife in contraband operations run by the country's most dangerous drug cartels.

After Mexican Agencia de Investigacion Criminal and Mexico City's agents detained Perrone, he was put on a direct flight to Rome. He was then met by police and escorted straight to prison.

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Sources: The Telegraph,, Breibart News, New Indian News

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