Top hitman stopped with list of Hutch gang associates
A top international hitman has been arrested in Dublin carrying a list of names of key Hutch associates, details of their movements and various disguises.
The wanted criminal, nicknamed 'The Butcher', was held by gardaí in a raid at 11am yesterday and is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
The Estonian national, who is in his 50s, has been linked to crimes in several countries.
He had only recently arrived in the country and is not suspected of being involved in any previous attacks linked to the Kinahan cartel.
A senior source said: "This man had written details of Hutch associates and specific information about their movements. He also had a number of disguises."
The source said: "This man is world-renowned and it is suspected he was hired by the Kinahan cartel. He is a war veteran with military training."
He has long denied any involvement in crime and has said his business interests lie in real estate.
It's thought the Estonian moved to Spain's Costa del Sol in the 1990s and took up with the cartel in later years.
Two Irishmen were arrested as part of the same operation as gardaí also seized cocaine worth approximately €5,000.
One of the Irishmen is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
The second man is being held on suspicion of possession of drugs.
The men are being held under anti-gangland legislation.
Members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Special Crime Task Force, carried out the raid in Blakestown, west Dublin.
The men are being held at stations in west Dublin.
Gardaí have not yet located a weapon but searches are ongoing. The Irishmen arrested are aged in their 30s and 50s and a source said they were known members of the Kinahan crime cartel.
A source said the Estonian man arrived in the last number of days. In a statement last night, gardaí confirmed investigations were ongoing.