CAB sets its sights on tiger kidnap crime boss
The leader of a crime gang suspected of carrying out a spate of tiger kidnappings is being pursued by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
He is suspected of masterminding a €225,000 heist at Dublin airport earlier this month after the partner of a security guard and her daughter were held hostage in a van when they were abducted from their home in Artane on the northside of the capital.
He has also been linked by gardai to up to a dozen other tiger kidnaps and has been described by officers as a professional criminal who is highly dangerous and organised.
The kidnapper is on a list of top crime figures who are under investigation by the bureau under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Another major player, who has moved from his home on the city's northside to Co Cavan to evade garda surveillance, is also on the list, along with two brothers who are involved in a new gang feud in west Dublin.
The bureau has also stepped up its targeting of organised crime figures, dissident republicans and former Provisional IRA activists who have all been linked to Border racketeering - including fuel laundering and cigarette smuggling.
After the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe at Lordship Credit Union outside Dundalk in January 2013, it began focusing on several criminals who were believed to be linked to the gang involved in the shooting, or were operating in the same area - spanning Louth, Monaghan, south Armagh and south Down.
This was intensified after the murder of Garda Tony Golden near Omeath last October.