'My dream is to help people' - cartel man's plan to be health guru
Kinahan cartel henchman Ross Browning is planning to transform his life and become a healthy-living guru, with a new business based on the teachings of a controversial US author.
The Dubliner (34) has held a key position in the cartel for years and is a close friend of mob boss Daniel Kinahan - but has revealed online that he is a changed man after having a "road to Damascus" moment.
In a long-winded online confession, Browning described how he was inspired to change because of his "darker days".
"Many years ago I was given a gift of forgiveness from a total stranger who I had caused harm to," he wrote.
"And in that moment my life changed for the better and I could not understand it in some way as my beliefs did not believe that it was possible to receive forgiveness from a total stranger."
Browning is well known to gardai and Spanish police. He featured in documentation supplied to gardai in October 2011 requesting the extradition of a major cartel figure as part of Operation Shovel.
The Spanish authorities referenced several suspected Kinahan gang members - including Browning, Gary Hutch and Gary Finnegan.
The Sunday World revealed that super-fit vegan Browning has registered his company Club Living I and begun working as a coach at his north Dublin gym premises.
In a testimonial, he described how his "love for life" changed a few years ago when he went to see alternative medicine author Robert O Young in California.
"I decided to learn about living an alkaline lifestyle. It changed my life forever," he wrote online.
"I believe from there my awakening came and from that my experience of life has been truly beautiful and I am grateful for all his amazing work and dedication, 30 years of it, and he truly is a blessing to this planet. Thank you Dr Young, I will continue to share your amazing work."
Young has a ranch in California and has made millions through his work as an alternative nutritionist.
He has also run into trouble with the law in the past, and has been before the courts for practising without a licence after being investigated for treating cancer patients at his ranch.
Browning's new way of life has caused concern for his former associates in the Kinahan mob, but he remains close to cartel boss Daniel.
"My dream is to help people on their journey to awaken in awareness, so that is what I want Living I to become, a centre where one can go and learn to know thyself and from that live their true purpose and share their journey with others," Browning added.
Last year, RTE was forced to dump footage from a top reality TV show when they realised that Browning and members of his family were contestants on Ireland's Fittest Family.
He was before the courts at the time on a fake passport charge, but the judge decided there was not enough evidence to convict him.
He managed to avoid a custodial sentence despite admitting carrying out an armed robbery.