Wednesday 28 June 2017

Kinahan mob's ruthless rule goes on despite high-profile arrest

No prosecutions have been brought under 2009 Act for 'directing' ­organised crime, writes Jim Cusack

International raid: A yacht is searched on the Costa del Sol last week in a joint operation between Spanish police and garda where one Irishman was arrested in relation to the murder of Gary Hutch last September
International raid: A yacht is searched on the Costa del Sol last week in a joint operation between Spanish police and garda where one Irishman was arrested in relation to the murder of Gary Hutch last September
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

The day-to-day savagery conducted by the Kinahan cartel in Dublin continues unchecked despite last week's high-profile arrest of one Irishman in Spain and a single arrest and release without charge in Dublin.

People in south inner Dublin, speaking strictly on the basis of anonymity, were unimpressed by the headlines generated by the joint garda and Spanish police operation.

In the working-class areas of Dublin, the cartel has now gained largely unchallenged autonomy, not only over illicit drugs supply but over law and order. The organisation imposes brutal rules of discipline over its very large network of minor dealers. People say that the system that props up the cartel is based on the recruitment of children from around the ages of 11 to 13. These are the 'runners' who are used to transport money and drugs around the city.

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