Alleged Mafioso Gets Nipped, Tucked, Busted

Italian cops nab vain fugitive after he undergoes liposuction
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2008 3:08 PM CST
Magnoli was still groggy from the operation when officers nabbed him.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – If Domenico Magnoli had been in better shape, he might still be a free man today. Italian police nabbed the 27-year-old alleged Mafia member yesterday as he was coming out of anesthesia after having liposuction, ANSA reports. Magnoli had been on the lam for over a year, dodging French drug-trafficking charges. He used a false name to check into the lipo clinic.

Part of the powerful 'Ndrangheta clan, Magnoli is accused of running cocaine from South America. The mobster initially panicked when officers came for him at the clinic, still groggy from his operation. But once police identified themselves, he calmed down. “Thank god it’s you,” he said. “I thought you were hit men.”