Spanish police flying into Dublin in fight against Kinahan cartel
Published 10/06/2016 | 07:41
Spanish police officers are flying to Dublin to meet senior Gardai to review strategies against the international crime cartel run by Dubliner Christy Kinahan from his base on the Costa del Sol.
Kinahan's associates have been blamed for murdering six of the seven victims of the vicious feud between his organisation and the Hutch gang since last September.
Gardai announced earlier this month that they intend to resume sending crime investigators to Spain - a tactic employed very successfully during Operation Shovel, which was aimed at the Kinahan outfit.
But this is not likely to take place in the short term, according to senior officers.
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However, Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahony, who is in charge of the force's crime and security section, revealed yesterday that Spanish officers will arrive here in the next few weeks.
Although Shovel resulted in the seizure of millions of euro worth of drugs and confiscations of a large property portfolio, it failed to lead to criminal charges against the suspected top members of the Kinahan organisation.
The Dublin crime summit will focus on an agenda that will be dominated by the activities of that gang.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said she was satisfied that one garda liaison officer, based Madrid, was sufficient at the moment but they were looking again at deployments for the future.
Mr O'Mahony said the Garda had an excellent relationship with the Spanish, particularly in the Costa del Sol, where several leading Irish criminals have been based in recent years, and he pointed out that officers attached to the liaison section here kept in regular contact with their counterparts.