Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gardaí seize €830k and car worth €50k in latest blow to Kinahan crime gang

Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

Louise Kelly and Larkin Larkin

Gardaí have seized almost a million euro in the latest blow to the Kinahan crime gang.

Detectives arrested two men, aged in their 30s and 40s respectively, in Naas, Co Kildare on Saturday, September 2.

A quantity of cash was seized during the course of the arrest totalling €829,265.

In a series of follow up searches in Sligo, Lucan and Kildare, gardai seized a high powered car worth €50,000.

It is understood that the arrested man is a key member of the cartel.

The seizure is the latest in a serious of crackdowns on the international drug gang and follows the seizure of more than €1.5m in separate operations in recent months.

The follow up searches on Saturday were carried out by members of the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF), a dedicated Garda unit set up following the outbreak of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

The unit works alongside the DOCB, and is made up of 38 gardai and six divisional asset profilers.

Since the outbreak of the feud, gardaí have stepped up their efforts to target the gang.

It has led to some of its most senior members either being arrested, or forced to flee the country.

Extensive investigations from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have also hurt the crime group financially.

Since the beginning of the feud, 12 lives have been lost, the most recent of which was in June.

Last week, senior gardaí said 30 lives had been saved as a result of Garda operations targeting both feuding factions.

"They're not just ordinary run-of-the-mill interventions and the handing of forms to people, giving them notification of the fact that their life is in danger," Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll said.

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