Who are ‘The Family’? Mob set to take over Ireland’s drugs business after global Kinahan crackdown
1st July 2022
The mob nicknamed The Family are set to become Ireland’s biggest drugs gang – thanks to the international crackdown on the Kinahan cartel, gardai fear.
“They are already very big and will only get bigger,” a source told this paper last night of the gang that was behind last Friday’s attempt on a criminal in central Dublin – in a shooting that left him fighting for his life.
Our investigation has established that the gang, nicknamed The Family because they are led by two brothers, already control the drugs trade in huge swathes of the city – and are expected to take even more turf in the coming weeks and months.
Sources say the gang – who sent a hit team to blast criminal Gary Carey at the Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham last Friday – are now second in importance here to the cartel controlled by Daniel Kinahan (44), but investigators believe they may soon pass them out in Ireland.
Investigators believe the unprecedented international attack on the Kinahan grouping has left it exposed in Ireland – and The Family are set to exploit that weakness to become the country’s number one mob.
Sources have told this paper that the Kinahan cartel views Ireland as such a small market that it is now concentrating its operations on Britain and Europe.
They said that the massive worldwide operation against the cartel – that saw bosses Daniel, Christy (64) and Christopher (41) have $5 million bounties placed on their heads – has also weakened the Kinahan cartel, or OCG, something the family is likely to exploit.
They also said the fallout from the Kinahan/Hutch feud that has left 18 men dead but more than 80 gangsters from both sides locked up has also strengthened the family’s hand.
One senior source told this paper: “They are very big. They are one of the groups that have profited from the Kinahan Hutch feud.”
The source also said, however, that unlike bling mobster Daniel Kinahan who loved publicity, The Family shy away from the limelight and try to keep a low profile.
The source said: “They are a tight family based OCG that is hard to infiltrate.
“They don’t flash the cash in people’s faces and try to avoid killing people unless they have no choice.
“They will use violence etc, of course, but really try to stay out of the papers and not attract too much heat.”
The source said that although they would likely take on the mantle of Ireland’s biggest gang – they would never replace the Kinahan cartel on the world stage.
The source said: “They are weird, even with all their cash they don’t really pop up internationally at all.
“Obviously they have their (drug smuggling) routes into Ireland, but you never hear of them mixing with the playboy set like other OCGs do.
“You’re more likely to see them in Dublin than Dubai.”
Sources say the gang, which is led by two brothers who already have convictions for drug dealing, deal in cocaine, heroin and cannabis worth millions of euro every month.
The criminals have been active for almost two decades – but it is only in recent years that they have become a major mob.
Sources say they are in the frame for last Friday’s murder bid on Gary Carey (41) in Kilmainham.
Ballyfermot-born Carey – himself a convicted drug dealer – was shot six times when he was targeted by a hit team in the underground car park of the Hilton Hotel at around 11.30am.
He lost a huge amount of blood in the attack and is still in intensive care in hospital – with sources saying pals fear he may not survive the attack.
It was the third time The Family has targeted Carey for murder, and sources say The Family bosses are determined to kill him.
The Star revealed earlier this week that a sinister message was put up online shortly after the shooting -in which an associate of The Family appeared to threaten Carey’s family.
The person also made fun of Carey’s inability to escape from the gunman who chased him in the car park last Friday morning before shooting him multiple times.
Sources have told this paper that The Family try not to get involved in feuds – but they are targeting Carey.
He survived a hit in November last year when he was shot several times and another attempt in March.
That attempt made him flee to Spain, but The Family lured him back for last Friday’s ambush by fooling him into believing the threat on his life had been lifted.
The fact that they are now a major gang means they have been targeted by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau – as well as the Criminal Assets Bureau.
They suffered a major blow in recent years when GNDOCB mounted several successful operations against them.
In one such operation at the start of 2021, GNDOCB detectives seized some €4million of their cash in counties Laois and Kerry.
Officers believe that was less than one month’s takings for the gang.
Sources say investigators later uncovered evidence that The Family turned over a massive €17 million in drug transactions in a three-month period of 2020.
GNDOCB has continued to target them and earlier this year seized more than €500,000 in cash in one raid, which also saw several men charged.
And in January 2021, gardai seized more than €1 million of The Family’s cash in an operation in the Midlands.
In 2017, GNDOCB and CAB worked together to raid five car dealerships in Leinster that were linked to The Family.
Cash and assets worth more than €1 million were seized in that operation.
Sources say the sums seized by gardai, although significant, have done nothing to derail The Family’s business – and they are raking in millions of euro each month.