Jail for father who laundered money for Kinahan cartel
A key money launderer for the Kinahan drug cartel has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after he was caught with €169,000 in cash.
Father-of-two David Dowling (49) was yesterday jailed after he pleaded guilty last July to two charges of engaging in the business of handling the proceeds of crime at Westend Retail Business Park, Blanchardstown, and at Sorrell Heath on September 26, 2015.
The Irish Independent can reveal that Dowling, of Sorrell Heath, Clonsilla, has been a long-term target of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB). A senior source said the Dubliner was a trusted associate of the international crime gang headed by Daniel Kinahan (pictured) and was tasked with organising and laundering the proceeds of its activities.
"Dowling would have collected the money from Dublin and across the country, which was made from the cartel's drug business. It is a great capture for gardaí. This money is the product of drugs being imported, distributed and sold. The cash is the result of all that and these seizures hurt them the hardest," the source said.
Judge Martin Nolan said yesterday that Dowling was an "essential cog in a drug-dealing enterprise".
"David Dowling was helping these parties. There is no point in having money if you can't move it where you want to move it," he said.
Dowling has 17 previous convictions, dating from the 1980s and 1990s.
Judge Nolan said these were old convictions and he was not taking them into consideration for his sentence.
The court heard a surveillance operation was set up in September 2015 and Dowling was stopped in the Westend retail park with a package containing €69,610 in cash.
During a follow-up search of Dowling's family home in Clonsilla, gardaí seized a further €99,020 and a vacuum packing machine.