Thursday 27 October 2016

Police seize €200k car, wads of cash and €100k yacht in raids

Cash seized in garda raids in Spain
Cash seized in garda raids in Spain

Spanish police seized a €100k yacht and a Bentley car worth €200,000 in raids connected to the ruthless Kinahan cartel.

The huge operation that kicked off at dawn yesterday on the Costa Del Sol - a known Kinahan bolthole - also saw the seizure of significant amounts of cash.

As part of their investigation, Guardia Civil officers raided the MGM Gym in Puerto Banus near Marbella, which has suspected links to the cartel.

It followed the arrest of James Quinn (34), a nephew of veteran Dublin gangster Martin 'The Viper' Foley, on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Gary Hutch (33). He was gunned down by a lone gunman in Marbella in September last year.

As well as the search of the gym, police seized the yacht and luxury vehicle.

A garda and Spanish police examine a gun in the Costa del Sol raid
A garda and Spanish police examine a gun in the Costa del Sol raid

These images show garda and police officers standing at the scene as the white yacht is searched amid blue skies in the upmarket Spanish port.

A dark coloured Bentley car was also searched by investigating officers.

This came as a raid on the nearby MGM Gym continued as part of a international operation involving raids on properties on the Costa del Sol and Dublin.

Footage released by police showed an officer leading a sniffer dog around a bedroom while a colleague forced his way into a safe after brushing it down for fingerprints.

Large wads of €500, €100 and €50 notes were found in the gym's safe and were counted before being bagged up.

Masked officers were also filmed sifting through paperwork and analysing a gun that appeared to have been found on the premises.

A garda who had flown in from Ireland to see the operation was clearly visible in the footage as Spanish officers examined the weapon.

Detectives used bolt-cutters to force their way into the MGM Gym just after 7am local time.

They took away cash and computers.


Investigators were spotted loading several boxes into unmarked vans parked on the pavement outside the gym.

They also used sniffer dogs, which are believed to have been trained to hunt out cash and drugs.

The gym was empty when the police turned up in more than half-a-dozen unmarked cars and Guardia Civil vans.

A caretaker arrived to find the door had been opened and scores of officers inside.

Clients arriving later in the morning were turned away and told the gym would not be opening for business until today.

The operation lasted around four hours, until just after 11am.

There was no sign of Daniel Kinahan, who is reported to have taken over control of the family's business empire from dad Christy.

Police remained at the premises after taking away property from inside.

Several police and Guardia Civil vehicles were spotted at the scene, including a van used by Guardia Civil forensics experts.

Former Irish, British and European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin, a pal of the Kinahans, who is not involved in crime, founded the MGM Gym.

"The officers said they were looking for two men who used to use the gym but no one believes them.

"They took everything - computers, paperwork, the lot," said a source.

The ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families has been blamed for 10 deaths in Spain and Ireland.

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