An Italian mobster, who attended the wedding of cartel boss Daniel Kinahan in Dubai, had his name added this week to a list of Italy’s six most wanted fugitives.
affaele Imperiale, 46, head of the Naples-based organization Camorra, is wanted by Italian authorities to serve an eight-year sentence for drug trafficking and is believed to be in hiding in Dubai.
Imperiale, who also appeared in a video with Kinahan found on Dutch drug lord Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme’s phone, had his name added to the list following the arrest of fellow mobster Rocco Morabito.
Italian authorities have been asking for his arrest since 2016.
They consider him to be one of the most important drug traffickers in the country.
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) documents sent to Dutch police identified Imperiale, Ridouan Taghi (a Dutch criminal currently in prison) Edin G (a Bosnian drug dealer) and Daniel Kinahan as the heads of a so-called ” super drug cartel ”.
The group was observed by the DEA assembling at the lavish Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
Imperiale, Taghi and Edin G also attended Kinahan’s wedding at the hotel in 2017.
DEA documents describe the “super drug cartel” as one of the fifty largest drug cartels in the world, with a virtual monopoly on the Peruvian cocaine trade.
The documents indicated that the “drug super cartel” controlled around a third of the cocaine trade to Europe – with the main point of access via Dutch ports.
Born in Italy, Imperial’s criminal career began in earnest in 1996 when a deceased older brother bequeathed him Rockland coffee in Amsterdam.
From there, Imperiale is said to have started his criminal career by selling “soft” drugs before embarking on cocaine trafficking with Dutch drug dealer Rick van de Bunt.
Imperiale was then introduced by Antonio Orefice, a member of the Moccia clan, to Elio Amato, brother of Raffaele Amato, who at the time was one of the main drug traffickers of the Di Lauro clan.
During these years Imperiale has earned millions of euros, becoming the point of contact for the Di Lauro organization in the fight against drug trafficking cartels in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
Imperiale is also known to be a fanatic collector of works of art.
In 2016, two Van Gogh paintings, stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, were recovered from a villa in Castellammare di Stabia, belonging to him.
According to authorities, Imperiale now lives in Dubai and spends € 400,000 to maintain their lavish lifestyle.
In March of this year, new evidence emerged of links between the Kinahan cartel and Imperiale during the trial of Richard ‘El Rico’ Riquelme in Amsterdam.
Daniel Kinahan appeared in a video alongside Riquelme and Imperiale recovered from the Dutchman’s phone, according to the lawsuit.
Judges briefly heard from the prosecution how Kinahan, 43, was a “regular contact” with Riquelme and appeared in a video on a phone seized after his arrest and extradition to the Netherlands from Chile in 2017.
In June, Riquelme was sentenced to 11 years in prison after being convicted of leading an assassination and drug money laundering ring.
His trial learned he exchanged phone messages plotting gang murders with jailed drug boss Taghi.