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Minister: Italian crime boss captured in Bolivia

July 4, 2019
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Alleged drug kingpin Paolo Lumia, wearing a bulletproof vest, is escorted to a waiting vehicle by anti-drug officers, after a media presentation in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Authorities in Bolivia arrested Lumia in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba on Wednesday night. There is an international arrest warrant out for the Italian citizen. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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Alleged drug kingpin Paolo Lumia, wearing a bulletproof vest, is escorted to a waiting vehicle by anti-drug officers, after a media presentation in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Authorities in Bolivia arrested Lumia in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba on Wednesday night. There is an international arrest warrant out for the Italian citizen. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials say police have captured an Italian crime boss linked to the Sicilian mob.

Government Minister Carlos Romero announced the arrest of Paolo Lumia on Thursday and said he would be removed from the South American country.

Lumia had been on the run from Italy since receiving a 16-year prison sentence for drug trafficking. He entered Bolivia earlier this year using the Venezuelan alias Carlos Suarez Romero.

Romero says an Interpol red notice had been issued for Lumia.

The minister also said Lumia paid Bolivian drug lords on behalf of his superiors in Italy.

He said Bolivian officials “are still conducting investigations to find out about the money.”

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