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Inside cops’ three year hunt for Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh before locking up the Kinahan top dog in massive drug swoop

  • Published: 19:26, 18 Dec 2022
  • Updated: 19:26, 18 Dec 2022

COPS had Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh on their radar for years before the Kinahan top dog was locked up, it has been revealed.

Daniel Kinahan’s pal was caged for 21 years earlier this year.

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh was caged for 21 years
Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh was caged for 21 yearsCredit: PA:Press Association
Mob boss Daniel Kinahan
Mob boss Daniel KinahanCredit: Refer to Caption

He was found guilty in the UK of conspiring to import drugs and money laundering.

Officers in Ireland and the UK say his conviction is one of the most “significant” in years and a “massive blow” to the Kinahan cartel.

Gardai said the extent of his role in the gang became clear after the killing of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

The Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau head Det Chief Supt Seamus Boland told a TV doc officers found Bomber “having some very significant meetings”.

The senior cop added: “Some of the people who he was meeting were actually people subsequently convicted of serious criminal activity surrounding targeting of ­people for murder in the course of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

“So Thomas Kavanagh was absolutely a person of critical importance in the course of the feud.”

But it was a probe into Declan ‘Mr Nobody’ Brady, who was jailed for laundering mob cash, that led to Dublin yob Kavanagh’s downfall.

Searches of firms linked to Brady files linked to a UK business he used,

And in 2019 cops raided his house in Tamworth, UK, after he was linked to a drugs shipment.

Matt Horne, Deputy Director of Investigations at the UK’s National Crime Agency, said: “One of the first things we noticed when we carried out the search were the windows were actually armoured, bulletproof ­windows in the property.

“It’s not a usual situation to find a property that’s got ­bulletproof glass windows with weapons (hidden) in the bedroom.

“And to me that indicates this individual was operating in an environment and a level of organised crime that those sort of ­countermeasures he would have felt was necessary.”

The Fall of Bomber Kavanagh airs Wednesday at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

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