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Kinahan Cartel €1billion fortune is only fraction of their wealth – the hunt is on for crime lord Daniel, says top cop

  • Published: 8:00, 22 Jan 2023

THE estimated €1billion fortune of the Kinahan Cartel is likely a “fraction” of their true riches, a former top cop has revealed.

Exiled cartel crime lord Daniel Kinahan, 45, is on the run in Dubai after the American government placed a $5million bounty on his head.

Wanted mobster Daniel Kinahan
Wanted mobster Daniel Kinahan
Cops are also on the hunt for Christy Kinahan
Cops are also on the hunt for Christy Kinahan

The kingpin’s dad Christy, 65, and younger brother Christopher Jr, 42, are also wanted.

The mega reward is for information leading to their arrest or the financial disruption of their network – worth an estimated €1billion.

The Cartel’s Dubai property portfolio includes a €1million luxury apartment in Dubai’s exclusive Elite Residence Tower.

While last year, it emerged that Christy ‘Dapper Don’ Kinahan secretly plotted to snap up Egyptian military transport planes for his crime empire in an audacious multi-million euro bid.


However, ex-Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan has called on politicians to rethink our approach to tackling the narco-gangs.

The Irish drug market is worth an estimated €800million, with the gardai seizing about ten per cent of that figure every year.

But Nolan, who was the senior Garda manager in charge of policing in Dublin at the time of the Regency Hotel shooting in 2016, said mobsters are raking in BILLIONS on the back of Irish suffering.

He said: “An Garda Siochana seizes roughly 35 to 40 million euros worth of drugs every year.

“The Revenue and Customs seize about another 40-odd. So that’s €80million worth of drugs seized every year.

“The rule of thumb that’s generally applied in law enforcement in relation to drug interdictions is that it’s usually one tenth.

“So that tells us the Irish market is around 800 million to a billion euros.

“That is an interesting figure when you compare it to the media estimates of the wealth of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group that says it’s somewhere in the region of €1billion.

“That’s probably just a fraction of the overall profit and gain that individual gangs have made.”


Speaking on Fianna Fail’s new Drugs and Ireland — Citizens’ Assembly podcast, Nolan admitted he’s not convinced the gardai are winning the war on drugs.

He said: “The police can deal with the sale, supply and indeed possession and we see on average, in or around 22-25,000 drug related offences will go through our courts (every year).

“An examination of Garda annual reports will show that figure is unusually pretty constant.

“When I was working here in Dublin City and in charge of Dublin City I’d see 10,000 drug offences every year, and I have often said this to joint policing committees.”

He added: “I’m not sure is this an indicator of success or an indicator of failure? We don’t really know. We’re getting the people at the bottom end of the scale.”


Nolan served 41 years in the Garda, retiring in 2017 when he was in charge of policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region at the height of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Before that, he oversaw the Southern, Western and South Eastern police regions. He is currently engaged as an independent consultant on law enforcement and drug crime by Dublin City Council.

He is also part of the Global Initiative Against Organised Transnational Crime – an independent society headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Its network members include prominent law-enforcement and development practitioners who are “dedicated to seeking new and innovative strategies and responses to organized crime”.


Nolan said: “I suppose since the early 1970s, and indeed slightly before that, we’ve had the so-called war on drugs.

“We’ve had the criminal justice model for dealing with the drug problem on a global basis, not just in Ireland.

“From 1977 onwards, the drug epidemics that were prevalent and visible to many in Dublin’s inner city resulted in the creation of the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act.

“And that has been the primary legislation that has guided An Garda Siochana’s approach from one dimension for the last 50-odd years.

“I joined An Garda Siochana in 1977 myself, so I’ve lived through the evolution of the whole approach to drugs in this country.

“From the very earliest days of the heroin epidemic in the inner city, to provincial towns beginning to experience the same problems with drugs in communities to the extent that every division of An Garda Siochana, throughout the entire country now has a dedicated drugs unit.”

US wanted posters for crime lord Daniel Kinahan
US wanted posters for crime lord Daniel Kinahan
US wanted poster for Christy Kinahan Snr
US wanted poster for Christy Kinahan SnrCredit: GARDA

Last month, temporary permission was granted for the country’s first medically supervised injection facility in Dublin.

An Bord Pleanala has given permission to Merchants Quay Ireland for the facility for an initial 18 months, before a review.

At the Electric Picnic last year, the HSE carried out anonymous drug testing at the festival in a bid to reduce harm.

And Nolan believes programmes like that must be part of the future of policing here.


He said: “I suppose we have seen some developments with regards to safe drug use in the fact of supervised injection facilities.

“I personally have seen them in Toronto, I’ve seen them in operation, very clinical settings.

“I’ve heard all the fears about the neighbourhood being inundated with pushers, etc. I’ve walked those neighbourhoods. I don’t see it.

“We had legislation passed in this country and the proposed facility hasn’t happened yet. But that’s one aspect of safe drug use we have in our nightclubs, in our music venues, in our dance venues.

“There is rampant drug use among recreational drug users. And they take that in as safe a fashion as possible because they’re self regulating themselves in the amount they take, by and large.

“And we don’t have mass deaths or anything like that at our entertainment venues.”


When quizzed by podcast hosts Fianna Fail TD Paul McAuliffe and Dublin City Councillor Briege MacOscar if full decriminalisation is the answer, Nolan said he remains uncertain.

He added: “Will a community today in 2022 in Ireland be able to accept that? I’m not sure.

“It remains a difficult complex problem in the fact that drugs could possibly be legally available to anybody.

“And a recovering problematic drug user would have the added temptations of it.

“But what is not working is the criminalisation of people who take drugs — that has to be addressed in one form or another. Life chances, career chances and opportunities for generations have been damaged since the early 1970s.

“And we have to address that problem sooner. Whether it’s by regulation, a sale through pharmaceutical outlets, etc.

“Whether it’s decriminalisation – but the individuals have to be decriminalised out of the justice system.

“Police stations and prisons are not the place for people with problematic drug issues.”

Drugs and Ireland — Citizens’ Assembly is a new podcast that examines drugs and drug policy.

Ex-Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan
Ex-Assistant Commissioner Jack NolanCredit: Bryan Meade – The Sunday Times
Exiled cartel crime lord Daniel Kinahan is on the run in Dubai
Exiled cartel crime lord Daniel Kinahan is on the run in DubaiCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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