Fugitive Italian drugs trafficker held in Spain

El Vendrell (Spain), Jan 4 (IANS/AKI) Police in northeast Spain on Wednesday arrested Italian drugs baron Francesco Castriotta, who had been on the run since 2010 after skipping house arrest.

Castriotta, 43, was arrested by regional police in the Catalonian city of El Vendrell in collaboration with Italian police.

A Milan court in 2010 sentenced Castriotta to 21 years and 10 days in prison for drugs trafficking. But he went on the lam the same year, soon after he was transferred from jail to house arrest due to priapism caused by his prolonged cocaine use.

He is believed to have spent time in South America during his years at large.