Darin Bufalino, the reputed New England mobster who spent years in hiding in Ireland and Spain to escape a trial for armed robbery, was finally arrested at his home on Wednesday night by Massachusetts State Police as part of a major investigation into organized crime.
He allegedly hid in Ireland for several years, working as a male model and also at a pub, before he fled to Spain where he was captured and extradited to the United States.
Bufalino, 49, was charged with extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, and being a habitual offender.
Police told the press that Bufalino's arrest was part of a wider case against 30 people, including the feared New England mob capo Mark Rossetti, jailed since his indictment on heroin trafficking charges in May.
Bufalino, described by law enforcement officials as a "long-term, well-known organized crime figure," fled the country in 1985 to avoid an armed robbery trial.
While he lived abroad Bufalino was charged in the 1984 murder of a Massachusetts drug dealer and he was was named one of the state's most wanted fugitives from justice.
Then in 1999 he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a 1993 bank heist and he was eventually released in 2005.
In January of 2009 he was rearrested for allegedly robbing a Massachusetts landscaper of $11,000 and he was currently free on bail, wearing an electronic bracelet, when he was arrested.