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Kinahan cartel's Liam Roe arrested over probe into gang's millions

Perma-tanned gang member spent number of hours being questioned by gardai

Ken Foy

Published 24/08/2016 | 13:47

Liam Roe
Liam Roe
Liam Roe

Perma-tanned Kinahan cartel figure Liam Roe has been arrested by gardai over money laundering offences linked to the vicious mob.

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The 37-year-old Drimnagh man spent a number of hours being questioned at Crumlin Garda Station yesterday before being released without charge at around 5.30pm. A file will now be prepared for the DPP.

The Herald can reveal that Roe is a suspect in the massive Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) investigation which led to a large amount of jewellery, 29 cars, SUVs and six motorbikes being seized in raids in early March.

It later emerged that the collection of 29 top-end Mercedes, BMW, Golf GTI, Lexus and Landcruiser models – as well as six high-powered motorbikes – are being stored in a compound at the Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC) in the Curragh Camp.

More arrests are expected in the CAB investigation in the coming weeks, with detectives focusing on the vehicles seized.

Roe, who is a first cousin of major criminal ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson, was present when another criminal cousin of his, David Byrne, was shot dead in the Regency Hotel in February as part of the capital’s deadly gangland feud.

On November 6 last, Roe survived an attempted murder outside Dublin’s Red Cow Hotel in an incident which is suspected of being carried out by associates of Gary Hutch, who had been shot dead in Spain six weeks earlier.

Roe was taking a cigarette break outside the hotel, where he was attending a boxing fundraiser, when the attempted assassination happened.

It is understood that the hitman’s handgun jammed and Roe ran for cover before up to 50 associates of the Kinahan mob fled the venue in high-powered SUVs and cars.

This incident led to a major escalation of the feud that has now claimed 10 lives.

Some of the vehicles seized last March
Some of the vehicles seized last March

Two of those who have been killed in the feud were innocent men.

Roe is extremely well known to gardai and is considered a key associate of the Kinahan cartel.

He was arrested in 2007 over allegations that he threatened to kill a bouncer at a pub in Dame Street.

He was also fined €250 after an incident in 2009 for obstructing a garda drugs search.

In 2012, Roe was given a four-month jail sentence after gardai raided his apartment and found stolen designer handbags worth nearly €9,000.

In November 2012, he failed in an attempt to get gardai to return two Rolex watches worth almost €50,000 which they seized in a search for firearms at a property in Crumlin in January 2011.

Roe failed in his police property application after a judge ruled that he had lied in the witness box and described Roe’s evidence at the Circuit Court hearing as false.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation by specialist gardai against the Kinahan cartel this week delivered a blow to the gang when a sub machine gun, ammunition and over €400,000 worth of cocaine were seized in a planned raid.

Gardai believe the seizure of the dealy weapon prevented further gangland bloodshed.

A 37-year-old Finglas man remained in garda custody in Blanchardstown last night after he was arrested as part of that investigation following the raid at a Castleknock address.

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