Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said Morabito was "considered one of the sought-after members of the Ndrangheta".
Uruguayan authorities said some months ago Morabito tried to enroll his daughter in a local school using his real name, and his fingerprints were confirmed by Italian authorities, CNN reported.
Authorities said Morabito entered Uruguay in 2001 using false Brazilian identification papers, including a bogus birth certificate. For the last decade he lived in a rural villa near the town of Maldonado, CNN reported.
When he was arrested, Morabito had 13 cell phones, an automatic pistol, 12 credit and debit cards, a large quantity of Uruguayan money and $50,000 in United States currency, plus currency certificates worth US $100,000, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry said.