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'Spiked cocaine killed Marrazzo pusher'

Governor transsexual prostitute supplier may have been murdered

24 November, 16:49
'Spiked cocaine killed Marrazzo pusher'

(ANSA) - Rome, November 24 - A lethal cocktail of cocaine laced with 'masked' heroin killed a pusher involved in a sex scandal that toppled a top Italian politician last month, police sources said Tuesday.

According to preliminary lab results, they said, the cocaine found beside the body of pusher Gianguerino Cafasso in a Rome hotel in early September contained "enough heroin to kill him".

The heroin, they said, appeared to have been treated with some sort of masking agent so that the powder would not arouse suspicion.

A transsexual prostitute who was with Cafasso when he died has reportedly told police that she refused to have any of it "because it smelled funny".

The sources said prosecutors were waiting for "definitive" lab results in order to open a murder investigation.

A post-mortem exam found Cafasso died of a heart attack.

Police initially suspected the peddler, who was obese and had other health problems, had inadvertently taken an overdose.

Cafasso died after unsuccessfully trying to peddle a video of a transsexual prostitute with Piero Marrazzo, the former governor of Lazio, the region around Rome.

The centre-left official resigned last month after it emerged he had been blackmailed by rogue cops who were also in possession of the video, which is said to show him with a transsexual called Natalie, his governor's badge placed next to some cocaine.

Cafasso is one of two people linked to the Marrazzo case who have now died.

A prostitute known as Brenda was found dead on Friday in her flat, apparently of smoke inhalation after a fire.

Police are already treating the death as murder and tests are being completed on her laptop, found doused with water in her sink, to see if it contains any other potentially compromising material.

Brenda was one of several prostitutes Marrazzo has reportedly admitted to having frequented, although he said he could not provide a fully reliable account because of the cocaine he took.

Police are looking for a set of keys and two cellphones stolen from Brenda days before her death.

Her death has heightened speculation about a second video she told police she destroyed, and whether she was silenced to prevent her disclosing the identities of other clients of the transsexuals, who live in the same small area of northern Rome.

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