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Informer reveals how Kinahan mafia associate Raffaele Imperiale imported cocaine on ships

Carra has provided investigators with the Neapolitan DDA all the information in his possession regarding the multi-millionaire business organised by the 'king of cocaine'
Daniel Kinahan mafia associate Raffaele Imperiale (inset)

Daniel Kinahan mafia associate Raffaele Imperiale (inset)

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

An informer working for Italian investigators has told how Daniel Kinahan’s mafia associate Raffaele Imperiale preferred importing Colombian cocaine as opposed to the Bolivian variety, as it was stronger and was "good for addicts”.

The statements attributed to “collaborator of justice”, former boss Gennaro Carra, reveals how Imperiale had ships “with containers” that would first stop in Spain before traveling on to Holland.

From there, import-export trucks would carry the drugs to the Pompeii flower market.

The operation organised by Imperiale as described as “a structure with deep ramifications at the international and global level”.

These most recent revelations form one of the pillars on which the latest accusations against Imperiale and his criminal partner Mario Cerrone rests.

Former boss Carra provided a long and detailed deposition last March that reveal how Imperiale had said he had direct relations in South America and above all Colombia.

Carra has provided the investigators with the Neapolitan DDA all the information in his possession regarding the multi-millionaire business organised by the “king of cocaine”.

He told how Imperiale changed the system many times to avoid detection.

He maintained supports, that is, houses where the cocaine was kept by people they trusted and they constantly moved it. They had houses “everywhere”, where drugs and also weapons were hidden.

“The repentant Carra, however, also admitted that he had not met Imperiale for a long time,” one report states.

"I saw him for the last time in 2013, then he moved to Dubai... but I thought he was in Holland,” Carra told investigators.

“Cerrone moved continuously from Dubai and was in constant contact with him thanks to encrypted phones. The last time I saw Cerrone was a week before he was arrested.”

It was recently revealed how the 46-year-old boss of the Naples-based Camorra organisation, who is currently facing extradition to Italy from Dubai where he was arrested in August, and Cerrone were ready to buy the Neapolitan football team.

According to a collaborator who is now working with justice authorities in Italy, “Cerrone and Imperiale have a crazy economic availability, they also wanted to buy the Napoli Calcio company”.

Investigation documents reveal how Imperiale, who had links with mafias all over the world and who had “invested” in two stolen Van Goghs, was preparing to add the top flight of Italian football that once featured superstar Diego Maradona to his portfolio.

Imperiale, who had been wanted by Italian authorities since 2016 to serve an eight year sentence for drug trafficking, is currently facing extradition from Dubai.

The Mafia Don was secretly arrested in his luxury Dubai villa while he was in the pool with his wife and four children.

Imperiale is a known associate of Daniel Kinahan and was a guest at his 2017 wedding in Dubai.

The Naples review court recently ordered that Imperiale must remain in prison in Dubai after rejecting a request by his lawyers that he is freed pending his extradition.

The court made the decision after hearing Imperiale is not a "simple drug supplier" but "one of the pillars on which the whole Camorra organisation of the Di Lauro clan splinters rests".

Imperiale is believed to be one of the leaders of a 'super-cartel' which controls a major portion of Europe's lucrative cocaine trade.

Prosecutors also claim Imperiale has ties with the leaders of Holland's notorious 'Mocro Maffia', led by Ridouan Taghi.

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) documents sent to Dutch police identified Imperiale, Dutch mobster Taghi, Bosnian criminal Edin Gačanin, Richard 'El Rico' Riquelme Vega and Daniel Kinahan as the heads of a so-called ‘super drug cartel'.

According to the DEA, Imperiale, Taghi and Edin Gačanin also attended Kinahan’s wedding at the plush Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai in 2017.

The DEA documents described the ‘super drugs cartel’ as one of the world’s fifty largest drug cartels, with a virtual monopoly of the Peruvian cocaine trade.

The documents said the ‘super drugs cartel’ controlled around a third of the cocaine trade into Europe – with the main point of access through Dutch ports.

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