Gardaí aims to bring charges against key members of the Kinahan Cartel

Gardaí hope to bring charges against the Kinahan Cartel hierarchy after the US government put a $5 million bounty on their heads.

It is part of a joint international operation against the gang in which seven key members and three companies have been sanctioned in the United States.

Gardaí are now working to charge the leaders, in particular Daniel Kinahan, and are considering a series of offences.

This includes running a criminal organization, money laundering, as well as alleged crimes that have been outlined in US Treasury Department sanctions.

They say Kinahan is involved in arranging shipments from South America and to Ireland, trying to facilitate the importation of cocaine into the UK and arranging payments for prisoners from the cartel.

These include an inmate serving a life sentence for a feud murder and another imprisoned for a failed murder plot. Garda investigations into Daniel Kinahan have been ongoing for some time with the aim of bringing criminal charges against him.

Investigations are also continuing into his father, Christy Snr, who once ran the criminal network but now oversees his assets according to the US government, and Christy Jnr who is involved in the financial side of the gang.

Although there is no extradition treaty between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, sources have cited the recent removal of a Dutch criminal from Dubai – wanted in the Netherlands who also has no treaty with the Middle Eastern country – as a way to bring them back.

Gardaí also obtained a European arrest warrant for Sean McGovern (36) – a senior lieutenant and adviser to Kinahan – who was shot and wounded in the 2016 Regency Hotel shooting attack .

Gardaí want to charge him with the 2016 murder of Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan and his role in the failed plot to murder Hutch associate James ‘Mago’ Gately in Belfast.

Claire Cronin, the US ambassador to Ireland, yesterday announced a reward of $5 million (4.6 million euros) for key information leading to the dismantling of the Kinahan gang.

She said the gang was accused of a wide range of heinous crimes around the world.

Sanctions imposed on the Kinahan hierarchy prevent them from doing business in the United States and have been described by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris as potentially dealing a “crippling blow” to the gang.

Mr Harris said the penalties and rewards were just the “first phase” of a plan to take down the Kinahan crime group.

He added that from now on, the gang would run out of money, friends and influence.

The next phases of the operation are expected to include police forces from Northern Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia.

Yesterday’s announcement follows unprecedented international cooperation initiated by Deputy Commissioner John O’Driscoll.

It followed the Regency Hotel murder and the Kinahan Cartel backlash in which more than a dozen people were shot.

Since then, gardaí from the Bureau of Drugs and Organized Crime have seized 20 million euros in drugs directly linked to the cartel as well as 7.5 million euros in cash, while 79 people linked to the gang have been convicted. by the courts.

The three members of the Kinahan hierarchy are suspected of using fraudulent travel documents, offenses which the gardaí are currently investigating.

Three other gang associates were also disciplined. They are the cartel’s “accountant” Ian Dixon (32), who controls the gang’s financial payments, Bernard Clancy (44) who organizes the payment of wages, and Spaniard John Morrissey (61) , who is portrayed as an enforcer and facilitates drug shipments. from South America.

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