Ki­na­han No 2 and son held in UK af­ter air­port ar­rest

Gang­ster held over im­port­ing and sup­ply­ing drugs and weapons, and laun­der­ing cash

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Today In Your - Jerome Reilly

THE al­leged Num­ber 2 in the Ki­na­han crime car­tel and his son were ar­rested by Bri­tain’s Na­tional Crime Agency yes­ter­day in a ma­jor op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing the Garda Siochana and other agen­cies fight­ing or­gan­ised crime in Eu­rope.

The ar­rest of the 51-yearold is be­ing seen as a ma­jor break­through in the fight against the car­tel.

He has lived a lux­ury life­style in Bri­tain for the past nine years and is a fre­quent trav­eller be­tween the UK, the Mid­dle East and Spain.

Po­lice said he is be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of im­port­ing and sup­ply­ing drugs and weapons and laun­der­ing cash.

His son, who is aged 20, was also held on sus­pi­cion of money laun­der­ing af­ter a pre­ci­sion swoop as both men ar­rived at Birm­ing­ham Air­port yes­ter­day morn­ing on a flight from out­side the EU.

The op­er­a­tion in­volved a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Garda, and was con­tin­u­ing last night as po­lice in the UK car­ried out a de­tailed search of a gated de­tached home in Tam­worth, a mar­ket town 14 miles out­side of Birm­ing­ham. The house is in Tam­worth’s most ex­clu­sive area and is the lo­cale of a num­ber of celebri­ties and pro­fes­sional foot­ballers.

The 51-year-old, who is re­garded as sec­ond-in-com­mand in the Ki­na­han gang, is well known to gar­dai and has con­vic­tions in this ju­ris- dic­tion for as­sault, threats to kill, pos­ses­sion of firearms and as­saults on gar­dai. He has been a tar­get of the Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau in the past and left Ire­land in 2008.

The ar­rests are part of a ma­jor probe into or­gan­ised crime, in­ter­na­tional money laun­der­ing and the sup­ply of nar­cotics and weapons.

The Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA), which spe­cialises in or­gan­ised crime in Bri­tain, spear­headed the op­er­a­tion which fo­cused on the sup­ply of drugs and firearms into the UK and Ire­land. In a state­ment the NCA said that two men had been ar­rested as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“A 51-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­ing to im­port and sup­ply drugs, firearms and am­mu­ni­tion, as well as money laun­der­ing of­fences on ar­rival at Birm­ing­ham Air­port yes­ter­day. At the same lo­ca­tion a sec­ond man, aged 20, was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of money laun­der­ing of­fences.”

NCA of­fi­cers also searched a prop­erty in a busi­ness premises in Birm­ing­ham.

As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner John O’Driscoll con­firmed gar­dai as­sisted, say­ing: “We share a com­mon de­sire to put or­gan­ised crime groups who op­er­ate in the com­mon travel area out of busi­ness.”

The as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner said: “For the pur­pose of tack­ling or­gan­ised crime groups, An Garda Siochana has com­menced the new year in the man­ner in which it in­tends to pro­ceed in 2019, by en­gag­ing in the most im­pact­ful pos­si­ble co-op­er­a­tion with law en­force­ment author­i­ties, at an in­ter­na­tional level.

“In this re­gard the UK Na­tional Crime Agency is one of our most im­por­tant al­lies, with whom we share a com­mon de­sire to put or­gan­ised crime groups who op­er­ate within the com­mon travel area out of busi­ness.

“An Garda Siochana will not make any com­ment re­gard­ing any par­tic­u­lar op­er­a­tion which is cur­rently on­go­ing,” he said.

CRIME CALL: Gar­dai and NCA of­fi­cers at the house in Tam­worth

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