Italian authorities arrested a mafia fugitive who was on the run for seven years. Police tracked him through a YouTube cooking channel that he started with his wife.
Marc Feren Claude Biart was arrested in the town of Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic, where he has been hiding for the last five years. The police said in a statement to NBC News, “The love for Italian cuisine allowed (police forces) to follow his traces on the web and social networks, while the love for tattoos (allowed police) to recognize the fugitive as that cook.“
Biart is a member of an organized crime group that operates between Italy and the Netherlands. The group is one of the most feared and powerful in Europe. He had been wanted for allegedly trafficking cocaine from the Netherlands since 2014.
Biart previously worked at a restaurant in Italy. He kept a low profile during his stay in the Caribbean. He was known to locals as “Marc”.
Lt. Col. Massimiliano Galasso, told NBC News that authorities had never stopped looking for Biart and had recently turned to open source intelligence.
Alerted by his wife’s YouTube activity and armed with the knowledge that Biart had previously worked at a restaurant, the officials discovered the cooking videos and realized they had their man.
Biart was arrested last week in the Dominican town of Boca Chica and extradited to Italy and landed in Milan on Monday.