Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian police arrest Italian fugitive

Police have arrested an Italian fugitive in northeastern Brazil and plan to extradite him to finish a prison term for drug trafficking, authorities said Wednesday.

Acting on a tip from the international police agency Interpol, police arrested Razio Morris, 29, on Monday in the seaside city of Fortaleza, 2,200 kilometers (1,400 miles) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.

Morris, 29, served three years of an 11-year sentence in Italy for drug trafficking before failing to return to prison from a work-release program, police said in a statement.

Morris fled to Brazil two years ago and married a Brazilian woman, with whom he had a son. Police said he had applied for a residence visa, the AP reports.

Brazilian police last week arrested a second Italian fugitive in a beach town near Fortaleza. Mimo Scopsi, of La Spezia province in northern Italy, had fled to Brazil after he was charged with fraud in 1994.

A.M.