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COCAINE CRACKDOWN 

Mobster Daniel Kinahan feels the heat after he sees 49 people arrested in latest global crackdown against ‘Super Cartel’

  • Published: 7:00, 29 Nov 2022

MOB boss Daniel Kinahan is feeling the heat after the latest global crackdown against his “super cartel”.

Kinahan — who is the subject of a $5million reward offer from the US Government — is under even more pressure after 49 international criminals were arrested under Operation Desert Light.

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan is feeling the heat
Mob boss Daniel Kinahan is feeling the heat
Spanish Guardia Civil Police detaining supects in an undisclosed place in Spain as part of a drug trafficking investigation
Spanish Guardia Civil Police detaining supects in an undisclosed place in Spain as part of a drug trafficking investigation
Police have smashed a huge drugs "super-cartel" that controlled around a third of Europe's cocaine trade
Police have smashed a huge drugs “super-cartel” that controlled around a third of Europe’s cocaine trade

Among those held are six major cocaine traffickers including Bosnian Edin ‘Tito’ Gacanin, who attended Daniel Kinahan’s wedding.

Others arrested included two gangsters based in Spain who worked closely with cartel money man Johnny Morrissey, 60.

Three other figures arrested include people who provided logistical and transport support to Kinahan cartel associates operating in Holland.

One of those lifted was close to Moroccan crime boss Naoufal Fassih, who was caught by gardai in 2016 in a Kinahan cartel safe hous

The operation — launched by Europol and involving investigators from the US, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and the UAE — was aimed at dismantling Europe’s so-called super cartel.

The super cartel is made up of the Kinahans and their associates from the Balkans, Italy, Holland and Morocco. It’s the latest phase in an ongoing probe that has already led to some of Kinahan’s closest associates being arrested.

The drugs cartel is said to be behind a third of the total European cocaine market.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard said: “For months the Civil Guard has been working in a close and coordinated way with the Dubai Police within the framework of Operation Faukas. This has reinforced the links between both police forces which has facilitated a number of successful police actions in the last few months.

“With this international effort by all the agencies, a firm message is being sent to criminal organisations . . . that no place is safe for those who try to avoid justice.

“More than 30 tonnes of cocaine were seized in different European ports during the investigation and it’s estimated this macro-criminal organisation was behind a third of the total cocaine market in Europe.”

The arrests — which also included fleets of luxury cars being seized as well as cash — were made after the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau vowed to make “significant progress” in their investigations into the Kinahan cartel in 2023.

Although the Kinahan cartel remain in Dubai, their assets have now been frozen by the UAE authorities as the spotlight continues to fall on them.

ASSETS FROZEN

One investigator in Holland told us: “This is a major blow to those in the Kinahan crime clan and their partners operating at the highest level of the global narcotics trade.

“They will all now be scrambling for cover and wondering when the next move by law enforcement will be and where it will come from.”

The latest phase of the global crackdown on the world’s most dangerous gangs was also welcomed by former Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy.

Mr Leahy said: “We can see how the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau’s involvement in international policing is paying dividends with the US coming on board. I think this operation will cause panic to the Kinahan Organised Crime Bureau and others who will now be shaken up.”

At present, the Kinahan cartel is also coming under pressure from other transnational crime gangs.

A spokesperson from Europol said: “This coordinated clampdown sends a strong message to criminals seeking sanctuary from law enforcement.”

49 people were arrested
49 people were arrested

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