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Dutch thug nabbed in Kinahan sting linked to grisly murder of cocaine trafficker

Crime DeskBy Niall Donald
Naoufal Fassih
Naoufal Fassih

A CHUBBY Dutch mobster jailed this week has been linked along with the Kinahan Cartel to the murder of one of Europe’s biggest drug traffickers in Spain.

Naoufal Fassih (35), was sentenced to one month in Cloverhill District Court in Dublin on Thursday for possession of a counterfeit passport and minor drugs charges at a luxury apartment in the capital’s Baggot Street area.

The raid came as part of an operation targeting the Kinahan Cartel.

The Sunday World can reveal that Gardaí believe that mobster Fassih was brought to Ireland by the Kinahans, who are involved in drug trafficking with his gang. 

Fassih, also known as Noffel F, is a member of a gang of Moroccan-Dutch criminals involved in a vicious internal feud which has seen 16 people gunned down in less than five years.

It has been reported that Fassih is a suspect in the murder of one of Europe’s biggest drugs traffickers in Benahavis, near Marbella, in August 2014.

Samir ‘Scarface’ Bouyakhrichan (36), was regarded as one of the continent’s main cocaine suppliers and had an extensive property portfolio with homes in Dubai, Spain and Holland.

Known as ‘Scarface’, he is said to have marked his cocaine blocks with stamps such as ‘AK’, ‘Mitsubishi’, and ‘Vuitton’, which served as quality indicators.

Spanish police are investigating if the murder was carried out by the ‘Mocro Maffia’ in collaboration with the Kinahan Cartel.

Dutch newspapers have repeatedly claimed the Kinahan mob arranged Scarface’s murder and have nominated enforcer Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh as being involved.

However, this has not been confirmed by Gardaí.

Days before Bouyakhrichan’s murder, Fassih is said to have been spotted meeting with associates of Christy Kinahan in Marbella. Fassih has never been arrested in connection with the murder.

Fassih was previously investigated in connection with one of the most infamous assassinations of the feud, dubbed the ‘Wild West’ shooting.

In December 2012, Youseff Lkhorf (28), and Said El Yazidi (21), were shot dead in an AK47 gunfight near an Amsterdam canal, in which gang boss Benaouf Adaoui narrowly escaped with his life. 

The shooting was a response to the murder of Najeb Boubouh. Pursuing police were also shot at by the assassins.

Fassih was formally accused of involvement in the shooting, but he was never convicted of any offence.

Fassih was a close associate of Dutch crime boss, Gwenette Martha, who was assassinated in Amsterdam in May 2014.  Despite wearing a bullet-proof vest, he was hit by 80 rounds from two or more AK47 rifles.

The same group has been at war with another Dutch Moroccan group headed by Adaoui over the theft of €20m worth of cocaine – most of it destined for the Irish and British market.

Last March, the gang linked to Fassih were responsible for the shocking murder of criminal Nabil Amzieb (23), whose severed head was left in a bucket outside a cafe.

The Mocro Maffia was also responsible for shooting dead a mother in front of her children. Luana Luz Xavier (34), the girlfriend of an Amsterdam criminal involved in the feud, was shot dead in front of her daughter and son in December 2014.

Six months earlier, innocent custom services manager Stefan Eggermont (30), was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity as part of the feud.

This week, Dublin District Court heard Fassih is also awaiting extradition to the Netherlands on other charges.

He has 12 previous convictions including, two counts of unauthorised use of weapons, ammunition and explosives as well as extortion and attempted extortion and embezzlement.