A desire by an Italian mafia gang member to demonstrate his cooking skills prompted his return to prison after seven years of escape.
Italian police tracked down Marc Ferien Claude Piarte, 53, through cooking videos he posted on YouTube.
Although he was very keen to hide his face, he failed to conceal a tattoo on his body.
The alleged member of the “Ndrangheta” gang was arrested in the Dominican Republic last Wednesday and has now been deported to Italy.
Police said in a statement that Piarte was living a quiet life in the town of Boca Chica.
Pierre has fled since 2014 and was wanted by the police on charges of smuggling cocaine to the Netherlands for the “Cachiola” group affiliated with the “Ndrangheta” mafia.
The “Ndrangheta” gang is considered one of the most powerful organized crime gangs in the world, as it controls most of the cocaine that enters Europe, and is based in Calabria, southwestern Italy.
The alleged head of the gang, 66-year-old Luigi Mancuso, is known as “Uncle”, and other members are known by aliases such as “Wolf”, “Fati” and “Blondie”.
And they have all been brought to justice in the largest mafia trial in Italy in decades, as 355 gangsters and corrupt officials are facing charges after long investigations with the “Ndrangheta” gang.
Agence France-Presse reported at the time that the pre-trial hearing took more than three hours to read the names of the accused, and the indictment includes murder, drug smuggling, extortion and money laundering.
More than 900 witnesses are expected to testify at the trial, which began in January and will last for nearly two years.