Tuesday 21 November 2017

Kinahan Cartel using 'nobodies' to do their dirty work as fears grow of an 'informer'

Daniel Kinahan and the cash seized
Daniel Kinahan and the cash seized

Ken Foy

The Kinahan cartel is using "any lads they can get their hands on", who have little or no criminal convictions and can go under the radar to carry out their work for them, it has emerged.

This comes after a hugely significant raid on Thursday night, which saw two "nobody" members of the cartel arrested and €300,000 of "hard cash" seized, along with money-counting machines.

Detectives believe they uncovered a "cash-counting house" the cartel has utilised for several months after a raid on a property in Beacon South Quarter.

A 43-year-old man carrying several bags of cash into the apartment was arrested at the scene. It is understood he is from Clondalkin.

His brother (33) was arrested in a follow-up search in Clondalkin.

Sources say the brothers are "very low level" members of the Kinahan crime cartel.

Cash seized in South Dublin. Picture: Garda Press Office
Cash seized in South Dublin. Picture: Garda Press Office

Independent.ie can reveal that they were picked for the job because they were much more under the radar in terms of criminal activity.

Surveillance

"These lads are nobodies. No form for crime. The Kinahans are using any lads they can get their hands on to do their dirty work," a source said.

It is understood that the apartment in Beacon South Quarter was being used as a cash-counting house for the cartel and had been under surveillance for several months.

The brothers remained in custody at Blackrock Garda Station on suspicion of money laundering offences last night.

Sources say the that, as well as money-counting machines, several vacuum-packed bags were also recovered.

These bags are used to smuggle cash overseas, as they cannot be detected by sniffer dogs.

Gardai believe the €300,000 was due to be sent back to "headquarters in Spain".

This is where the leaders of the Kinahan cartel, including gang boss Daniel Kinahan, are based.

"This is a lot of money for the cartel to have confiscated. It's a serious amount of cash. The two lads arrested are nothing to them," said a source.

"But they are worried about rats in their camp and they have so few lads loyal to them anymore.

"Neither of these brothers have serious convictions. Only minor road traffic issues."

It is understood that the gang rented the apartment under a false name and with forged documents.

No one was sleeping at the location, it was solely used as a "money-counting centre" for the cartel, sources said.

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