Daniel Kinahan knows, it is only a Matter of Time, before the DEA, FEDS, INTERPOL, GARDAI, CLOSE IN?

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Kinahan cartel’s Irish operation continues to crumble as net closes on mobster Daniel

 30/12/2021


The Kinahan cartel’s Irish operation continued to crumble over the last 12 months, as its leader remains a free man in his Dubai bolthole.

But as 2021 comes to an end – with more gang members behind bars – is the net closing on Daniel Kinahan?

Earlier this month, the 44-year-old Dubliner was posing for pictures with well-known fighters in the UAE, feeding his image as a legitimate businessman and boxing promoter.

But the next day, Alan Wilson, 42, became the latest Kinahan player to be convicted and was handed down a 10-year sentence.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and supplying the gun used in a murder plot which saw three innocent men shot outside the Players Lounge pub in Dublin in 2010. The target, gardai believe, was Real IRA chief Alan Ryan.Lee McGregor and Daniel Kinahan© Instagram/ Lee McGregor Lee McGregor and Daniel Kinahan

The evidence used against Wilson was gathered when gardai recorded him bragging about the attack to another man as the two drove around planning to shoot Hutch gang associate Gary Hanley for the Kinahan cartel in 2017.

Wilson was already serving six years for conspiracy to murder Hanley before the recent sentencing.

Wilson is on the very long list of criminals – hitmen, fixers and money launders – behind bars for crimes carried out on Kinahan orders. Dangerous and volatile, he was a hitman for hire.

Like Caolan Smyth, a 30-year-old who was jailed for 20 years in February for trying to kill Hutch associate James “Mago” Gately outside a Topaz filling station on the Clonshaugh Road in North Dublin in May 2017.

It was the second time the Kinahan cartel had tried to kill Mago.

Gately was once trained by Daniel Kinahan for a boxing event, but was placed high up on his hit list after the outbreak of violence and his onslaught on the Hutch gang.

But the April 2017 plot to kill him and the subsequent convictions from it this year highlight how sophisticated the murder machine had become with the emergence of yet another sub-cell.

Estonian hitman Imre Arakas, known as “The Butcher”, was hired and flew into Ireland to kill Gately, who was hiding out over the border in Newry.

Arakas was under surveillance the whole time he was here and was jailed for six years in 2018.

A key man in the plot was under-the-radar Peter Keating, one of Kinahan’s main men in the leadership of the Irish branch of the cartel.

His role was to pinpoint targets on behalf of the Kinahan mob, as part of the feud against the Hutch clan.

The 40-year-old, of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, was jailed for 11 years for his role directing the activities of an ­organised crime gang in relation to the plot to kill Gately.

Stephen Fowler, 62, and 33-year-old David Duffy are in jail for providing logistical support to that plot to murder Gately.

While Douglas Glynn, 37, of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin, admitted placing a tracker device on Gately’s car in Belfast for the hit and will be sentenced next year.

Alongside Keating in higher echelons of the cartel’s operations here was Declan “Mr Nobody” Brady.

The Kinahan cartel lieutenant was already serving 11-and-a-half years in prison after he admitted supervising a firearms arsenal – including an assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition – that had been stashed in a Dublin business park.

He was hit with another seven years and three months for laundering cash from a criminal organisation this year.

Jason Reed, 40, of Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, was jailed for seven years for also laundering dirty cash. While 52-year-old Thomas Rooney, from Bettystown, Co Meath, was convicted for moving over €600,000 in crime cash and will be sentenced next year.

Separately, Kinahan associate Graham “The Wig” Whelan is now serving 18 months for money laundering offences.

Significantly, each of these men, apart from gun-for-hire Smyth, pleaded guilty to their crimes.

In the UK, Thomas “Bomber” Kavanagh, a senior Kinahan cartel lieutenant, and co-accused Gary Vickey Daniel Canning are awaiting sentencing on drug importation charges, having all pleaded guilty.

While gardai have tackled the cartel significantly in Ireland, investigators believe Kinahan is still on the top stage globally.

The force’s work and intelligence is playing a key role with international investigators tackling the cartel.

They now have senior gardai based in liaison roles both in Colombia and Washington.

The South American based officer is probing the background to the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau’s €35million cocaine seizure earlier this year. The cocaine was disguised as charcoal. It had landed in Rotterdam Port from Colombia and was destined for Ireland last July.

It lay idle as criminal gangs got cold feet before Dutch authorities delivered it to Dublin, as the intelligence was provided by gardai. The tactic to disguise it was so specialised that, if successful in reaching its destination, a chemist would have had to be flown in to extract the cocaine from the charcoal.

In November, Garda chief Drew Harris travelled to the US to meet with investigators from the FBI to discuss the Kinahans’ operations.

However, while members of the gang continue to fall like dominoes, investigators believe Kinahan himself is still on the top stage globally. For now.

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