Daniel Kinahan claims 'set-up' in bizarre tweet as he laughs off arrest reports
Arrogant cartel boss Daniel Kinahan has laughed off suggestions that he will be arrested by gardai, and claimed he is being "set up" by the State.
The 40-year-old mob boss has come under mounting pressure from gardai and his own associates after a series of significant operations against his organised crime gang.
He has now taken to his Twitter account to hit back at reports suggesting he will be arrested on his return to Ireland.
The Herald reported in May that gardai are closing in on Kinahan after receiving information of his direct involvement in a murder plot against a member of the Hutch gang.
We revealed that detectives were confident they have enough evidence to charge Kinahan with a serious offence that could see him jailed for life.
It was reported this week that Kinahan may be detained and questioned if he returns to Ireland in relation to his gang's activities as part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.
However, the gang leader dismissed this, saying he is being "set up" by gardai.
Taking to Twitter, Kinahan wrote: "Arrested? More like set up!!!
"Ha ha sorry our amazing Irish police system would never do anything wrong like that."
It previously emerged that gardai were gathering evidence against Kinahan in relation to a foiled hit on an associate of the Hutch mob. It is understood that electronic devices seized from an alleged cartel associate linked Kinahan to a suspected murder plot.
The Herald revealed yesterday that Kinahan faces being taken out by his own mob following a string of garda successes against the ruthless gang's operations in Dublin.
A senior source said it was "likely" that detectives would formally inform him of credible threats on his life if he returned to Ireland.
He would be served with a Garda Information Message (GIM), an official document in which officers give formal notice that they are aware of a possible threat to a target's life or safety.
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The revelation comes after 18 months of significant Garda operations that have seen €4m in cash, €55m in drugs and almost 40 firearms seized from the State's biggest organised crime gang.
Sources said that, while Kinahan is in exile in Dubai, immune from gardai and his gangland rivals, more than 30 associates have been charged with serious offences.
The cartel is in the middle of its most serious crisis, with gardai believing that the "mob is turning on itself" as many foot soldiers blame Kinahan for their woes.
"The view from the street is that it's fine and dandy for Daniel as he sips pina coladas or whatever in Dubai while the people on the ground are getting blitzed by gardai," a senior source said.
"The feeling is that he's arrogant and has broken the golden rule of organised crime, just like John Gilligan did before him, by thumbing his nose at the State."
The drive against the cartel is being led by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
Sources have revealed that, in a massive multi-layered attack on a crime organisation, gardai would expect to have a success rate of around 10pc in operations against the targeted mob.
However, in the detailed investigation into the cartel, it is estimated that gardai have had a 50pc success rate over the past 15 months.