Dublin crime gang ‘bigger than Kinahan cartel’ left reeling after massive €1 million cash seizure
The huge discovery was made by gardai this morning after stopping a van on the N7
A Dublin crime gang that’s “bigger than the Kinahan cartel” has been left reeling after a €1 million cash seizure by the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau today.
The massive sum was seized in Kildare after a van understood to belong to the west Dublin organised crime operation was nabbed on the N7 at 6.30am this morning.
The same criminal drug trafficking gang – which also had €4 million taken by gardai in October last year – have overtaken the feared Kinahan Cartel to become the most prolific suppliers of illegal drugs both north and south.
Most of its members are based in north and west Dublin and its leader is understood to have only road traffic convictions despite links to criminal gangs across Europe.
A man, 45, was also arrested by gardai this morning in connection with the massive find on suspicion of involvement in participating in the activities of a criminal organisation to facilitate money laundering relating to the suspected proceeds of drug trafficking. Advertisement
A garda spokesman said: “In the course of a search of the van, a substantial amount of cash was located and seized, estimated to be in excess of €1,000,000 (subject to conclusion of counting).
“A number of follow up searches were undertaken in the midlands, resulting in the seizure of an additional sum of cash estimated to be approximately €10,000 (subject to completion of counting).”
Speaking today Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who heads Organised and Serious Crime, within An Garda Síochána, said: “An Garda Síochána continues to pursue organised crime groups who are believed to involved in supplying illicit drugs within our communities, the motivation for which is financial gain. We again today have made a significant advance in our attempt to dismantle organised crime groups, by locating and seizing the suspected proceeds of their criminal activity.
“Despite our significant commitment to tackling issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, at this time, An Garda Síochána remains focused on protecting communities from serious and organised crime, including cyber enabled crime, drug trafficking and associated money laundering.”