Amanda Knox Case Update: Italian Police Investigating Cocaine Dealer Linked to Knox in Meredith Kercher Murder

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Italian police are investigating a cocaine dealer and others in an alleged drug ring who they say had connections with Amanda Knox.

Knox was allegedly having sexual relations with a cocaine dealer who himself was connected to a man who stabbed his brother 16 times, according to Italian tabloid Giallo.

The possible connections between Knox and drug dealers weren’t mentioned during the trial, but documents from 2008 that were just uncovered said that Knox had a relationship of “supposedly sexual nature” with a man they call “F,” who also sold drugs to the U.S. student, reported the Telegraph.

“F” was a psychology student from Rome who shared a joint with Knox after they met on a train. His number was later found on Knox’s cell phone.

The dealer was later tried for cocaine, though his sentence wasn’t publicized. Giallo also said that in police reports a man named Luciano, an associate of “F,” was arrested for trying to murder his own brother with a kitchen knife, stabbing him 16 times.

The stabbing happened about a year before Meredith Kercher, Knox’s roommate, was stabbed to death.

Knox was convicted of the murder alongside former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito earlier this year, but she and he have both launched appeals.

Asked if the drug dealers could have had a role in the murder, prosecutor Luciano Giuliano Mignini told local media outlets that “I cannot answer this,” but still wrote down their names, according to a Giallo reporter, reported the National Enquirer.

But Mignini told the Telegraph that the new revelations are irrelevant, noting that new evidence won’t be allowed in the appeals process.

“We have three sentences, one of which is definite and we are at the final stages of the process – this will not change anything,” he said. “We ran down many leads and at the end we were left with three people who left traces in the house.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.