Amsterdam gang leader gunned down in Spain
With additional reporting by Maxime Zech.
A man identified as Amsterdam crime boss Samir B. was murdered in Benahavis in Spain on Wednesday. The 36-year-old, also known as "Scarface," was killed in the Spanish town near Marbella on Wednesday afternoon, Het Parool reports.
News reports speak of a gangland execution. Samir B. was in the Monte Halcones mall in the picturesque mountain village around 2.00pm when he was shot multiple times in his back and head by two assailants. He was apparently shot on his way out of a storefront in the shopping center.
Witnesses called the authorities, but the emergency services could do nothing to resuscitate him.
The Dutch-Moroccan victim from near Sloterdijk in Amsterdam West has been named in connection with sizeable drug deals. Crimesite.nl writes that he was the largest drug dealer in the city, and he actually marked his cocaine blocks with his own stamp. B. had relocated to Spain a few years back, but apparently his hold on the Amsterdam underground remained.
Het Parool writes that B. had a long career in the underworld of Amsterdam West. He grew to be one of the biggest crime bosses in the city.
In June 2010 he was arrested there and extradited to the Netherlands, in connection with the death of 12-year-old Danny Gubbels in Breda; the boy died when someone opened fire on his parent’s trailer and B. was named. He was released after only a few days in prison here, for lack of evidence.
His execution in Benahavis is being investigated by the local police, as well as the Spanish military police force, Guardia Civil, and national police agents.
Earlier this month, another of Amsterdam's criminal leaders, Derkiaoui van der Meijden, was also killed in Amsterdam Oost.