Kinahan link as four Irishmen held in Spain over ¤3.4m drugs haul
Gardai believe four Irishmen arrested in Spain after drugs valued at ¤3.4 million were seized were working for an off-shoot of the Kinahan cartel.
Detectives in Dublin and Spanish investigators are working on the theory the drugs seized near Malaga were owned by a middle-aged Dubliner with close links to the cartel.
However, they suspect the Dubliner has effectively been running his own independent drug-smuggling operation and was intending to transport the seized consignment of cannabis to Dublin.
The drugs were seized last Sunday week in Spain but news of the operation was only confirmed last night.
The haul was intercepted and five arrests made after a lengthy operation involving the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau working with Spain’s Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil.
The drugs were found north west of Malaga among pallets of lettuce in a truck bound for Ireland. The four Irish men arrested were aged 56, 45, 35 and 33 years. A 27-year-old Romanian was also detained with them.
The men remain in custody and have appeared before the courts as the criminal investigation continues.