CAB had €100,000 tax bill for gangland victim
A MAN shot dead in a gangland hit last week was about to be served with a tax demand for €100,000 by the Criminal Assets Bureau.
The financial affairs of Jason Carroll (39) had been under investigation by the bureau for some time, with Carroll claiming his income was derived from a bread delivery business.
But bureau officers believed he was making money from his associations with a major drug trafficking gang, now based in Spain and allegedly led by Dublin-born crime kingpin Christy Kinahan.
Gardai believed Carroll was part of a group laundering drugs money for Kinahan.
The senior members of Kinahan's gang have been at the centre of an international operation, codenamed Shovel, which resulted in arrests in Spain, England and Ireland in 2010. All have since been released without charge and Shovel has not yet been completed.
Meanwhile, the gardai have also been focusing on a number of minor associates of the Kinahan organisation.
In the past few weeks members of the bureau had been putting the final touches to their case against Carroll. "We were closing in on our target and completing our inquiries," one officer acknowledged last night.
Carroll was shot dead as he walked along Cherrywood Avenue in Clondalkin, west Dublin, on Thursday night – the second victim of gangland violence in the area in five days.
Gardai are trying to establish if there was a direct link between the Carroll murder and the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Dean Johnson at Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, the previous Saturday morning.