Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 3 March 2024

Demon-possessed evil: Sound-proofed torture chambers, severed heads and brutal omerta killings: Inside the bloodthirsty world of Dutch narco gang with ‘you talk, you die’ motto – as feared kingpin is jailed after years-long reign of terror

The Netherlands is best known for tulips, windmills and bicycles – but the culmination of a six-year-long mega trial this week has brought its violent criminal underworld, and the brutal drug barons that occupy it, into sharp focus.

The Marengo Trial saw Europe’s most feared kingpin jailed for life following a campaign of terror dubbed ‘the bloody years’, with his criminal network linked to murders, a torture chamber and a severed head found in the streets of Amsterdam.

As the ‘undisputed leader’ of the Mocro Maffia – a bloodthirsty drug trafficking network with links to Morocco – Ridouan Taghi ‘decided who would be killed and spared no one,’ the judge said.

He amassed a fortune of $1 billion (£789 million) and became one of the world’s most wanted men, guarded by his network of criminal cronies who lived and worked by the motto: ‘If you talk, you die.’

The gang was true to its word, and omerta killings linked back to it abounded, with associates found dead in a series of gruesome executions which earned it the reputation of a ‘well-oiled killing machine’.

With journalists and lawyers murdered and even the prime minister and members of the royal family facing threats, the barbaric gang violence of recent years has given Holland the reputation of a ‘narco state’.

Taghi and 16 others stood trial for six murders, four attempted murders, and countless other attacks planned between 2015 and 2017.

But the influence of the Mocro Maffia was felt long before that, and, despite the ‘Marengo Circus’ putting Taghi and many others behind bars, it is expected to continue for some time to come.

Taghi went from something of a nobody to ‘Europe’s biggest drug lord’ in a matter of years, rising through the ranks as he smuggled record quantities of cocaine into the continent’s ports.

He became one of the world’s most wanted men, guarded by his network of criminal cronies who lived and worked by the motto: ‘If you talk, you die.’

The son of Moroccan immigrants, Taghi had moved to Vianen, Utrecht, as a small boy and was one of ten children.

He first got a taste for criminality as a teenager, dealing drugs and carrying out robberies as part of a youth gang known as the Bad Boys.

He was sentenced for burglaries and possessing weapons as a teenager in 1992, but in the subsequent years remained largely in the shadows.

By his early 20s, he moved into transportation, working as a fixer in his native Morocco and moving hash through a smuggling route to Spain and back to the Netherlands – where it had recently been decriminalised.

When South American cartels began to turn their attentions to Europe in the early 2000s, pushing cocaine through North Africa to the continent, he took advantage.

Dissatisfied with low-level dealing and something of an entrepreneur, Taghi worked quickly, forming connections with cartel bosses around the world.

He rose through the ranks and stood out for his business sense and brutality, and has since worked with the Italian mafia, Ireland’s notorious Kinahan clan, and Eastern European mobs.

As Dutch cocaine traffickers started raking in money, power struggles in the gangs began to take hold.

Bitter rivalries developed, with the ‘King of Amsterdam’ Gwenette Martha, dispatched in a 2014 turf war.

Months later, another boss called Samir Bouyakhhrichan – known as ‘scarface’ was shot dead in Spain.

The killing paved the way for Taghi to take control the top spot, and what began as a  group of teenagers yearning for a glamourous gangster lifestyle began to grow into the Netherlands’ most notorious crime organisation.

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