Sunday 30 April 2017

Key Kinahan cartel member arrested after raid in the Netherlands

Dutch police in Amsterdam. Stock photo
Dutch police in Amsterdam. Stock photo

Tom Brady and Robin Schiller

DUTCH police have arrested four men, including a key associate of the Kinahan crime cartel, after an attempted shooting in a pub in the centre of Amsterdam.

Armed police officers seized three firearms including the weapon to have been used in the shooting after storming a premises.

Two of the four men detained are from Dublin, a third is an UK national and the identity of the fourth has not been established.

Initial inquiries suggest that the incident may not have been linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

The Kinahan associate is regarded as a "second tier" member of the organisation's major players and a close friend of David Byrne, who was murdered at the Regency hotel on the northside of Dublin a year ago yesterday.

He is a convicted cocaine dealer from the Drimnagh area on the southside of Dublin.

The second Irishman is from the Inchicore area.

Police sources said the incident did not appear to have been part of an organised hit.

A police patrol was passing by the pub at around 9.45pm yesterday when a man ran out and alerted the officers to the presence of at least one armed man in the premises.

Police said the gunman appeared to have attempted to shoot another customer but his weapon jammed.

The intended target has not yet been identified but was said to be either Asian or African.

Armed back up arrived at the pub and the three guns were seized following a search.

The four detained men were in police custody in Amsterdam this afternoon.

Gardai said they were in constant touch with the Dutch police through their liaison officer as well as representatives at the Europol headquarters in The Hague.

The Drimnagh man is well known to gardai and his home has been raided several times as part of the feud investigation.

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