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Daniel Kinahan's Mafioso associate supplying drugs to one side in violent Camorra feud, reports claim

The supply network, headed by Imperiale, has kept alive the ‘Scissionistis’ ambition to control the Scampia area of Naples.
Raffaele Imperiale and Daniel Kinahan

Raffaele Imperiale and Daniel Kinahan

Eamon Dillon

Italian anti-mafia police have named Daniel Kinahan's associate Raffaele Imperiale as a key cocaine supplier to a violent Camorra clan involved in a violent feud.

A faction which had been involved in a deadly gangland war is reported to have been able to keep its operations intact thanks to the unbroken supply of drugs.

The supply network, headed by Imperiale who remains a fugitive in Dubai, has kept alive the ‘Scissionistis’ ambition to control the Scampia area of Naples.

The report describes Imperiale’s operation as working with other European cartels based in the Netherlands and “other northern European areas.”

The report was compiled by Italy's 'Direzione Distrettuale Antimafia' - or District Anti-Mafia Directorate.

An investigation by Naples-based anti-mafia police saw a series of arrest last week and revealed how Camorra groups are investing more of their profits outside of Italy buying up luxury goods and properties.

It also revealed how rival Camorra clans are still locked in a struggle to keep a grip on their lucrative territories where they control drugs and prostitution.

Imperiale’s international drug-dealing operation has been a key factor in allowing gangs to keep operating despite pressure from rivals and police.

Earlier this year more evidence emerged of the links between the Kinahan cartel and Imperiale at the trial of Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme in Amsterdam.

Richard Eduardo Riquelme Vega, known as `El Rico’

Richard Eduardo Riquelme Vega, known as `El Rico’

Daniel Kinahan was seen in a video alongside Riquelme and Imperiale found on El Rico’s phone following his arrest.

Trail judges heard how Kinahan was a “regular contact” of El Rico and was in a video on a phone seized from him following his arrest and extradition to Holland from Chile in 2017.

El Rico has since been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of operating an assassination ring and laundering drug money.

Imperiale and El Rico were both among the group of international drug traffickers who attended Kinahan 2017 wedding at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

The gathering in fact allowed investigators to piece together the links between the cartels suspected to have smuggled billions of euro worth of cocaine from South America.

Other wedding guests were named in a dossier sent by the US Drug Enforcement Agency to the Dutch, including Ridouan Taghi, currently on trial for murder in Amsterdam, and Edin Gacanin, a senior member of the Montenegrin Tito and Dino Cartel.

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