Sunday 25 February 2018

Video: Detectives swoop to arrest senior Kinahan cartel member at Dublin Airport

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

Cathal McMahon and Ken Foy

THESE were the dramatic scenes in Dublin Airport as a senior member of the Kinahan cartel was arrested over an alleged plot to kill a rival.

The footage shows half a dozen gardai from the elite Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau arrest the man in the arrivals area of the airport at around 6pm on Sunday, while dozens of passengers pass by.

The man was arrested over an alleged plot to kill a rival Hutch gang member.

The suspect is alleged to have been a key part of a major cartel plot to murder Hutch mobster James 'Mago' Gately earlier this year.

Dressed in garda raid jackets, stab vests and caps, the team of detectives surrounded the suspect at the airport. The Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau was set up just over two years ago but has been at the forefront of the fight against the warring Hutch and Kinahan gangs.

The alleged cartel member is being questioned at Irishtown Garda Station, where he can be held for up to a week.

Senior sources said the arrest was part of a separate garda investigation than the probe into the attempted murder of 'Mago' Gately in May.

A Co Meath-based man has been arrested in relation to that botched assassination attempt, but no one has been charged.

Last night's arrest is linked to a separate investigation, in which three other suspects have previously been arrested.

Gately is believed to be still hiding out in Northern Ireland after he survived a murder attempt on the afternoon of May 10 outside the Topaz Garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin.

James 'Mago' Gately
James 'Mago' Gately

Gately was shot up to five times, including once in the neck.

However, four shots were lodged in his bullet-proof vest, saving his life.

Gately was driving a Ford Mondeo with northern registration plates when he was shot. He had walked out of the busy filling station only moments before.

Gardai believe that a Lexus pulled up beside Gately as he got into his car. He spent a number of days being treated in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

Such were the fears of another attack that members of the Armed Support Unit patrolled the Beaumont area until Gately was discharged. Since his release, he has been keeping a low profile.

In April, he survived another credible threat to his life after gardai foiled a murder plot that was at an advanced stage.

Yesterday's arrest is understood to be linked to that incident.

Meanwhile, the son of a former government minister who was arrested as part of a garda investigation into a multi-million euro drugs bust that has been connected to the ruthless Kinahan cartel was released without charge from Finglas Garda Station late on Friday night.

Independent.ie revealed on Saturday that the university-educated company director was suspected of setting up a Leinster-based "front company" for the cartel.

The minister's son has no previous convictions, but became a suspect over the massive drugs bust after a lengthy intelligence-gathering exercise by specialist detectives.

His father was a high-profile and controversial politician, who served in the Dail for a number of years.

The politician's son is not linked to last night's dramatic arrest, which was part of a separate strand of the cartel's business being probed by gardai.

For more on this story see Tuesday's Herald

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