French officials claim that the mafia boss, who was working as an undercover pizza maker, was arrested after 17 years of evading authorities.
According to the anti-mafia police, Edgardo Greco, a 63-year-old pizzaiolo in Saint-Etienne was arrested last week.
Greco was part of the ‘Ndrangheta’ (Calabria mafia) and sentenced in absentia for the murder of two brothers from a rival clan in the 1990s. The men are presumed to have been dissolved in acid based on the testimony of turncoats.
The anti-mafia police said Greco was convicted for the murder of brothers Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo.
While in France, Greco had adopted a new identity, Paolo Dimitrio, despite being on Italy’s most wanted list since 2006.
The Italian press reported Greco was even featured in a local French paper as “an authentic Italian pizza maker.”
Authorities said he was arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant and will likely be extradited to Italy.