Kinahan cartel target Troy Jordan at centre of sinister death threat because of loyalty to Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Jordan was recently drinking alone in a pub in Celbridge, Co Kildare, when he got word a hit team were on the way to take him out – prompting the gangster to flee in a panic without finishing his beer
FEARED crime boss Troy Jordan is at the centre of a sinister death threat from the Kinahan cartel, the Irish Sun can reveal.
The thug — who is also a close associate of Martin ‘The Viper’ Foley and John Gilligan — was placed under threat after a meeting with Kinahan representatives last year.
During the pow-wow, he was warned that if he didn’t support the cartel’s onslaught against The Monk, his associates and his family, he would be treated as “an enemy”.
But Jordan rejected the offer and confirmed that he would continue his friendship with Hutch — despite his decision to remain in exile.
A source said: “Jordan refused to support the Kinahan gang and is now under serious threat. Gardai are aware of it and are keeping an eye on his property.
“He’s no mug and would spot anyone on his road who shouldn’t be there. Jordan has been keeping his head down and has refused to get involved in the feud.
“He has known Gerry Hutch a very long time and wouldn’t betray that friendship.
“There are a number of people connected to the feud in Kildare and gardai are closely monitoring it.
‘LIFE IN DANGER’
“Jordan has been officially warned his life is in danger but he’s not one for interacting with the gardai.
“The threat is very real because the gang seem determined to wipe out anyone connected with Gerry Hutch.”
Since the gangland summit, Jordan has regularly changed the number plates on his cars and also switches his vehicles every time he returns to Ireland.
He has also spent days away from his heavily fortified home — staying with pals in the North and the UK.
Two weeks ago, Jordan was drinking alone in a pub in Celbridge, Co Kildare, when he got word a hit team where on the way to take him out.
The gangster fled in a panic without finishing his beer.
The yob regularly drinks in north Kildare but is always on his own because no one wants to be seen with him.
A source said: “He was having a quiet pint on a Saturday afternoon when he got word there was a gang on the way to take him out.
“He was gone from his stool in the blink of an eye.
“He’s a lucky man, someone was looking out for him. But sooner or later his luck will run out.
“He’s not wanted by anyone and is seeking out a solitary existence.”
Jordan — who has also been in the sights of caged killer Brian Rattigan’s mob — remains a target for the Criminal Assets Bureau because of his ongoing business interests — and because he has yet to settle an €800,000 tax bill.
A source added: “He would remain a person of interest to CAB because of his links to organised crime for many years.
“Even though he’s been declared bankrupt in the UK, it will have no bearing on CAB’s investigation into his business interests in Ireland.”
Although Jordan remains a top target for the Kinahans’ hired hitmen, their No1 target remains Patrick Hutch.
Hutch — who has now changed his name by deed-poll — was placed at the top of their kill list after he was cleared of David Byrne’s murder at the Regency Hotel, in Dublin, on February 5, 2016.
He hasn’t been sighted after he was cleared of one of the most daring attacks in Irish gangland history.
Gardai believe he has spent time in the North but has also stayed in safe houses in the capital.
Second on the list is Patrick’s dad Patsy, who has remained in Dublin despite his brother Gerry fleeing.
Cops believe another major target on the bloodthirsty cartel’s radar is Gary Hanley, who was targeted by hitman-for-hire Luke Wilson.
CAB’s ongoing probe into Jordan comes after they launched a fresh crackdown on the Kinahans last Wednesday morning.
Their main target in the operation was Graham ‘The Wig’ Whelan — who was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering before being released without charge.
Whelan — the most senior member of the Kinahan gang in Ireland — remains a key target of CAB because of his close links to the cartel for the last 20 years.
He was targeted after CAB seized properties owned by cartel figures Liam Byrne and Sean McGovern.
Byrne remains in hiding in the UK while McGovern continues to remain in exile in Dubai along with his boss, Daniel Kinahan.
Under Operation Lamp, officers targeted €2.7million worth of assets including four homes worth €2m, 29 vehicles (€544,115), six designer watches (€83,750), two rings (€29,970), a bank account containing €36,760 and €34,840 in cash.
A source said: “Whelan is the cartel’s most trusted lieutenant in Ireland at the moment because everyone else is either in exile or in prison.
“CAB have already targeted the assets of people like Byrne, McGovern, Thomas Kavanagh and others.
“Whelan remains a target because he’s suspected of using cash from the proceeds of crime to fund his lavish lifestyle and to launder cash through various businesses.”
As CAB’s probe into Whelan and his cartel associates continue, we can also reveal how the gang’s main fixer in the UK also remains in their sights.
Businessman Maurice Sines came under the CAB spotlight after they identified how he was the director of a firm which bought 6 Raleigh Square in Crumlin, Dublin.
Along with convicted fraudster James Crickmore, the pair are directors of a company which forked out €280,000 for the home in December 2015.
CAB are trying to establish if the property — which is close to the family home of Byrne’s parents ‘Jaws’ and Sadie at 18 Raleigh Square — was bought through the proceeds of crime.
Investigators were made aware last week how the property is now being rented for €2,100 per month.
In their submissions to the High Court, CAB claim Sines and Crickmore — who were linked to a massive horse race-fixing scam in 2009 — “are regular visitors to Dublin, at which time they are in the company of members of the organised crime gang”.