Daniel Kinahan was previously described in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) affidavit as managing and controlling day-to-day drug trafficking operations of the Kinahan gang.
The cartel has been responsible for the vast majority of the 18 murders since 2016 in a feud with the Hutch gang, including the murders of innocent people.
According to evidence put forward by the CAB before the High Court, Daniel Kinahan (42) is one of two leaders of the Kinahan cartel and is based in Dubai.
Ultimately, the CAB action against the cartel resulted in them losing €1.4m in criminal assets.
Last month in the Special Criminal Court, a senior detective named the Kinahan cartel for the first time in open court. Judges there accepted Garda evidence that large sums of money were made available to murder people and those involved in the Kinahan cartel were paid €20,000 for "setting people up for a hit".
The court accepted Garda evidence that the Kinahan organised crime gang is involved in "execution-type murders" to protect its core activities, which include organised drugs and firearms offences on "an international scale".
Daniel Kinahan and his father and brother were main targets and were among 23 people arrested in Spain, Ireland and the UK as part of the massive 2010 international police operation codenamed Operation Shovel.
At that time, the estimated wealth of the cartel from drug trafficking was €500m but 10 years later it has amassed even more wealth, with some suggesting it is worth €1bn.
Operation Shovel was an international probe into drug trafficking, gangland murders and money laundering, which began when the cartel shot dead its own enforcer Paddy Doyle in Spain in February 2008.
ORDERED THE MURDER OF FORMER FRIEND
Gary Hutch, the criminal nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, was classified as Daniel Kinahan's "number two" in the organisation following information obtained in the Operation Shovel investigation.
However, the two men had a savage falling-out which ultimately led to the gun murder of Hutch in September 2015.
This started the Hutch/Kinahan feud and led Hutch's associates to try to unsuccessfully target Daniel Kinahan in the Regency Hotel bloodbath in Dublin in February 2016.
In July 2018, at the trial of cartel member James Quinn, a Spanish policeman told the court that Daniel Kinahan had ordered the murder of Gary Hutch.
'MILLIONS OF EURO OF DRUGS AND CASH SEIZED FROM HIS GANG' WITH MANY GANG MEMBERS LOCKED UP
Since the failed attempt to murder Daniel Kinahan at the Regency Hotel, in which his lieutenant David Byrne was shot dead, gardaí have embarked on a massive crackdown against the Kinahan cartel.
While a European Arrest Warrant is not in place for his arrest, gardaí would question him in relation to a number of serious offences if he returned here.
He has not been seen in Ireland since he attended David Byrne's funeral.
Since the Regency bloodbath, detectives have intervened in 75 threats to life, seized €174m worth of drugs, got €12m in cash and confiscated 122 firearms and 5,380 rounds of ammunition - the vast majority of the seizures targeting the Kinahan cartel.
THE Government will be writing to the UK Government and major sports satellite broadcasters expressing “outrage” at the involvement of organised crime boss Daniel Kinahan in the proposed blockbuster boxing showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.