By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.
Raffaele Mauriello is the perfect example of a mobster who worked his way up the chain of command by getting his hands dirty. Well, maybe dirty isn’t the word. Bloody is more apt. Either way, he went from being surrounded by drug fiends to living it up in Dubai with the rich and infamous.
His career was built on dead bodies. Prosecutors have linked him to several, but who knows how many more hits he has under his belt. He raked up a nice body count as part of what was known as the third Scampia vendetta.
Scampia is the notorious Naples neighborhood made famous by the movie and hit television series Gomorra. Its apartment buildings modeled after sails became a popular and lucrative drug market. Camorra clans have fought over the territory ever since.
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In 2011, Fabio Cafasso was shot to death there. Allegedly by Mauriello.
Three years later, in 2014, he allegedly murdered Andrea Castello and Antonio Ruggiero at Casandrino near Naples.
Authorities were hot in his trail and issued three warrants for his arrest in September 2018. He is wanted for murder, Mafia association and drug trafficking. Rather than face justice, Mauriello disappeared and became one of Italy’s most wanted gangsters.
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By then, Mauriello had moved up the ranks, becoming an important link in the drug trafficking chain of the Amato-Pagano Camorra clan. Authorities claim he arranged large shipments for the clan. He apparently did this while living in the sunny desert city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
It was there that police managed to locate and arrest him on August 14, 2021. Just ten days after the arrest of another Camorra boss, Raffaele Imperiale. The two men reportedly were close. Mobsters got to stick together when in foreign lands, no?
32-year-old Mauriello now faces an extradition back to Italy where he is looking at a long stay at a lodging a lot less luxurious than the one he had in Dubai.
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