Eleven luxury cars seized in latest raid on Kinahan cartel
Published 14/04/2016 | 12:09
Gardai have seized 11 English-registered "high-end" cars in the latest raids targeting the Kinahan cartel.
Detectives from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), backed up by Revenue investigators, were involved in the search operation at a premises in west Dublin on Tuesday.
The 11 luxury cars seized were all English-registered vehicles. It is understood that gardai took the vehicles because of alleged Revenue-related offences.
"The cars were seized under vehicle registration legislation," a source told the Herald.
It is understood that the operation was part of a long running probe into the activities of an associate of slain gangster Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh (44), who was shot dead in Spain in September 2014.
Kavanagh was shot nine times by two masked men as he sipped a beer at Harmon's Irish bar in Elviria near Marbella.
He was a senior member and enforcer for the Christy Kinahan international crime gang and gardai have been investigating whether he was killed by his own mob.
Sources have also revealed that gardai are investigating whether there is a link between vehicles seized on Tuesday and senior cartel figure Liam Byrne (38), whose younger brother David was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in February.
Liam Byrne's Crumlin home was raided by CAB officers five weeks ago as part of the same investigation that led to Tuesday's raids.
On that occasion, around €1m worth of property and €100,000 in cash was seized when gardai raided 12 homes and six businesses in a series of dawn raids. A large amount of jewellery, 29 cars and SUVs and six motorbikes were also seized.
Officers discovered a jacuzzi and sauna room in the Crumlin home of Liam Byrne and a massive supply of cham- pagne at the Raleigh Square property.
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 in the Curragh Camp.
It is understood that senior gardai made the decision to store the €1m fleet in the Curragh to prevent any attempts by the gang to either steal the vehicles or have them destroyed.
It is believed that the cars seized on Tuesday were also brought to the Curragh Camp.
Since those high-profile raids on March 9, gardai have continued to put major pressure on the Kinahan cartel.
Last Friday, officers raided the homes of notorious heroin trafficker Greg Lynch and his father, Gerard 'Bra' Brady, as well as the unoccupied property in the Oliver Bond flats complex which was the family home of cartel figure Daniel Kinahan and where he was brought up as a child.