Cartel gang enforcer Paul Rice warned by gardai of Hutch gang threat
Cartel gang enforcer Paul Rice has been officially warned by gardai of an active threat against his life.
The threat is coming from members of the rival Hutch mob who are suspected of drawing up "specific plans" to target the Tallaght-based criminal.
The Herald has established that detectives visited Rice's home, where they served the feared gangster with a formal document from gardai - a Garda Information Message, known as a GIM form.
Sources say that Rice has become a target for the Hutch mob because of his close links to the Christy Kinahan cartel, with whom they have been embroiled in a deadly dispute with that has led to three murders.
It is understood that Rice has been served with a number of GIM forms over the past five years because of his involvement in organised criminality.
"It is not a new thing for Rice to get such a warning, he just shrugged it off," a source said.
The official warning that was issued to Rice is just the latest of dozens of GIM forms that have been given to criminals on both sides of the feud since last month's shocking Regency Hotel gun attack that led to the murder of gangster David Byrne and the revenge slaying of Eddie Hutch Snr. just four days later.
Rice is one of the capital's most feared criminals, and he has acted as an enforcer and debt collector for the Kinahan cartel for years.
He also has links to a number of dangerous Dublin-based dissident republicans, and was a long-time associate of Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh (44) who was shot dead in an Irish bar in Elviria, Spain, in September, 2014.
Rice is not a suspect for the revenge murder of Eddie Hutch Snr on February 8, but he has now become a prominent target of the north inner city gang who are closely linked to Eddie's slain nephew Gary Hutch.
Rice himself is no stranger to violence and he was jailed for 10 years in July 1995 after pleading guilty to the robbery of a bank in which shots were fired.