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Monday 16 July 2018

Gang leader arrested at airport over murder plot

Gardai arrest the senior Kinahan cartel member at Dublin Airport
Gardai arrest the senior Kinahan cartel member at Dublin Airport

Ken Foy

A notorious criminal has been arrested at Dublin Airport in connection with a plot to murder a senior member of the Hutch crime gang.

The 36-year-old criminal, from Clondalkin, remained in garda custody last night at Irishtown Garda Station on the city's southside.

He was being quizzed about a conspiracy to murder Kinahan cartel target James 'Mago' Gately.

His arrest provided confirmation that a west Dublin drugs gang, which he is suspected of leading, has been working hand-in-hand with the Kinahan cartel.

The Clondalkin gang member has few previous criminal convictions, but is suspected of playing a major role in the plan to murder Gately.

He was arrested by almost a dozen gardaí at 7.15pm on Sunday, after arriving at Dublin Airport when he got off a flight from Malta.

It is understood the father-of-three was returning from a holiday with his wife when armed gardaí apprehended him as he walked into the arrivals hall.

The suspect was previously questioned by gardaí who were investigating the gangland murder of innocent man Dean Johnson (21).

Sources said his west Dublin home had a state-of-the-art CCTV system and he rarely left the property without wearing a hidden bullet-proof vest.

"This individual has been a long-term target for the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) as well as the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB)," a source said last night.

CAB have carried out a large number of raids against the suspect's gang in the past year.

It is understood he has been able to explain some of his wealth by a major claim he gained in the civil courts when he was a youngster.

It has also emerged he has major involvement with a top soccer team based in west Dublin.

He is believed to have become increasingly paranoid after the murder of his best friend, Jason Carroll (39), in 2013.

The anniversary of Carroll's unsolved murder is today.

"It was after Carroll was murdered that this individual became so paranoid.

"That's when he got the bullet-proof vest and CCTV," a source said last night.

Carroll was an extremely close friend of Daniel Kinahan - the son of the leader of Ireland's biggest and most dangerous drugs syndicate Christy Kinahan, who has led the capital's feud that has claimed 12 lives.

Irish Independent

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