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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gangland godfather Christy Kinahan's empire suffers fresh blow after €1.7m drugs seizure

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Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

Gangland godfather Christy Kinahan has been dealt another massive blow to his drug-dealing empire after gardai seized €1.7m worth of cannabis belonging to the Dapper Don.

An investigation involving several garda divisions intercepted 85kg worth of the drug in Finglas on Tuesday night.

Units from the Garda National Drugs Unit, the National Surveillance Unit and customs officials intercepted a truck as it made its way through north Dublin.

Two people, a man (24) and a woman (32), were arrested in relation to the seizure and are currently being held at Finglas Garda Station.

It is the latest significant consignment that has been intercepted belonging to the Kinahan gang.

Gardai had previously seized €1m worth of cannabis in the Finglas area alone this year, with the finds being linked to Kinahan, who lives in Spain.

"It's the latest blow to the Kinahan empire and all the seizures are beginning to disrupt his network.

"Gardai have made it one of their prime objectives to target him and his gang and so far the operations have proved very successful," a senior source told the Herald.

Enforcers

"Cracks and paranoia are beginning to appear in the gang. This is evident in how they murdered one of their enforcers earlier this year."

The Herald previously revealed how gangster Paul Kavanagh (27), brother of slain Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh (44), was murdered by the Kinahan mob.

The Drimnagh man was killed in a ruthless attack as he sat in a Volkswagen Passat on Church Avenue in Drumcondra at around 11.30am on March 26.

Kinahan (58) is the wealthiest criminal in the history of Irish crime. It is estimated that his cartel is worth over €500m and its influence on the gangland scene here remains enormous.

Another of his main associates, Greg Lynch (31), suffered serious facial injuries after being shot while he stood outside a Dublin pub in October 2013. Operating from the Coombe area of Dublin's south-inner city, he and his gang are the main focus of an operation by the National Drugs Unit and local detectives based in Kevin Street Garda Station.

Lynch was aged just 19 when he was jailed for six years in 2004 after he was caught handing over €400,000 of heroin.

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