Murder plot tip-off helps gardaí close in on boss Kinahan
Gardaí are closing in on cartel boss Daniel Kinahan after receiving information of his direct involvement in a murder plot against a member of the Hutch gang.
Detectives now believe they have enough evidence to charge Kinahan with a serious offence that could see him jailed for life.
The significant development comes after it emerged that an informant gave gardaí information that Kinahan had ordered him to murder a leading member of the rival Hutch gang.
Sources say the individual, who is facing serious charges, has told of Daniel Kinahan's direct involvement in the kill plot.
Gardaí believe this is proof of the cartel chief's central role in the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud, which has claimed 11 lives so far.
It is understood that Kinahan is wary of returning to Dublin because he fears arrest and charge. He currently has no convictions either in Ireland or in Spain.
The latest blow to the cartel comes after a series of major operations against them.
Last month, a man was remanded in custody after being charged with conspiracy to murder a man in Dublin.
He is accused of conspiring with others to murder James Gately in Northern Ireland between April 3 and 4. The offence is under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.
In January, €37m of drugs, 15 weapons and more than €400,000 in cash and from bank accounts were seized in a number of days.
One suspect was arrested following a raid in which gardaí recovered almost €300,000 cash in vacuum-packed bags in the attic of his house. They also discovered more than €100,000 in a bank account linked to him.
These developments closely followed the recovery of 15 heavy-duty firearms at Greenogue Industrial Estate in west Dublin.
Days later, €3m of suspected heroin and cocaine were recovered during the operation in Co Kildare.