Gardai are closely monitoring the activities of a 24-year-old drug dealer who has become the new kingpin of organised crime in the capital.
The Herald can today exclusively reveal the Kinahan cartel gangster, who has a penchant for designer clothes, is now considered “top dog” in north Dublin. He had previously been under the radar, until a notorious hitman fled the country.
Our special investigation reveals:
The Finglas-based hood, who has very close links to Daniel Kinahan’s crime syndicate, has emerged as a major player in north Dublin’s drug trafficking scene over the past 12 months.
Sources say that gardai believe he is making huge amounts of money from his control of a vast drugs operation, which includes dealing in cocaine, cannabis and heroin.
“He is very possessive of his patch now and has made it be known that he is top dog,” a source told the Herald. Gardai are aware of one incident before Christmas, in which he threw an object, believed to be a rock, at an SUV vehicle in which Finglas crime figure Wayne Bradley was sitting.
It is not believed that anyone was injured in the incident, but sources say that the dealer’s motivation was to show Bradley “who was the boss”, even though Bradley is not suspected of involvement in the local drugs trade.
In fact, Bradley (37) “has been keeping his head down” since being released from Portlaoise Prison in December 2015.
He served a five-year jail sentence for his role as a look-out during a 2007 raid on a Tesco store in Celbridge under the direction of slain gang boss Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne, while his older brother Alan – nicknamed ‘Fatpuss’ – served a six-and-a-half year sentence and was released last year.
The Wayne Bradley incident is not the only one linked to the drugs trafficker in recent months.
He is also suspected of shooting at a woman’s car in Finglas.
Sources say that the new kingpin likes to flaunt his wealth and has been regularly seen wearing trainers worth more than €300, as well as expensive designer clothes.
He has a core network of at least 20 loyal associates, all of whom are regularly stopped and searched by gardai.
The force’s heavily armed Emergency Response Unit (ERU) has been involved in a number of raids targeting the gang and has observed bulletproof windows and doors in many of the rented north Dublin properties connected to the mob.
The Finglas property in which he himself lives is also bulletproof.
Despite all of the garda activity against him in recent months, the major drugs trafficker has so far managed to evade serious charges.
He has taken over a drug dealing patch belonging to one of his closest associates, who fled the country months ago.
The on-the-run gangster’s home has been raided, and he was arrested and questioned about the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr in Dublin’s north inner city last February 8.
Gardai have also been investigating if the exiled criminal was involved in the murder of Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan
(55), who was shot dead outside his home in Ratoath last March.
Business has been booming in his absence, however, because of the activities of his younger associate.
The major criminal is also a close friend of a notorious hitman from Cabra, who is linked to a number of feud murders and used to be pals with senior Hutch gang members.