Saturday 24 June 2017

Gardaí seize €500k and arrest 'Mr Nobody', the Kinahan crime cartel's financial organiser

• Low profile figure known as 'Mr Nobody' because he operates under the radar
• He is a key player for the Kinahan cartel organising logistics and sourcing weapons
• Gardai have seized €500,000 in cash and bank accounts along with 15 firearms

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Gardai have arrested the top logistics organiser here for the Kinahan crime cartel.

The low profile figure is known to garda officers as "Mr Nobody" because he operates under the radar.

But senior officers believe he is the key player for the cartel in this country through his ability to organise finances and logistics, such as acquiring weaponry.

The suspect, who is in his 50s, is originally from Dublin but has been living recently in Co Kildare.

He is being questioned today by gardai from the drugs and organised crime bureau about the massive seizure of 15 firearms and 1,300 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse in the Greenogue industrial estate, outside Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

It was also learned that gardai have seized €500,000 in cash and bank accounts along with the arms cache.

Officers had been keeping surveillance on the industrial unit for some time.

But they decided to move in after they discovered that an attack on a rival was imminent.

Several of the weapons were loaded and ready for use.

The haul including a sub machine gun, an assault rifle, several revolvers and a number of semi automatic pistols.

Officers said today that while they were satisfied that the arms seizure had saved lives, the arrest of Mr Nobody had also dealt a severe blow to the faction of the Kinahan cartel operating in this country.

Mr Nobody and two others were arrested at the scene in the garda swoop - one in the warehouse and two others nearby.

A fourth suspect, who is in his 30s, is in custody today after further garda searches.

All four are being held for questioning at garda stations in west Dublin

Officers believe the arms cache was to have been used by the Kinahan gang to step up their attacks on targets they believed were linked to the rival Hutch group, in a bloody feud which erupted here after the murder of a close associate of the Kinahans, David Byrne at the Regency hotel on the northside of the capital last February.

The Byrne murder had been carried out in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Gary Hutch in Marbella in September 2015.

Garda said that Mr Nobody has a very low profile in the criminal underworld and has not been involved directly in any of the attacks.

But he is regarded as a very significant player in the cartel "behind the scenes".

One officer said: "He is one of the most important, if not the most important, Kinahan figure based in this country".

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