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Gardai probe Kinahan link to man killed with bubble wrap

Joe 'Packie' Moore
Joe 'Packie' Moore

A DUBLIN man who was strangled with bubble wrap and dumped naked in a river in Colombia may have been in the country on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

The body of Ballyfermot man Joe ‘Packie’ Moore (55) was discovered in a river close to the drugs hotspot city of Medellin in May.

It has now emerged that gardai are probing reports Moore had been in Colombia to “smooth things over” for the Kinahan cartel, who are understood to owe millions of euro to their Colombian suppliers of cocaine.

“Packie Moore was considered to be a ‘Mr Fix-it’ type of individual,” a source said last night.

“He was heavily linked to organised crime in this country for well over two decades.

The question is, why was he in Colombia? “He was trying to smooth things over for the cartel because they have cash-flow issues as a result of all the seizures gardai have made against them since the feud began.

“However, no one knows exactly what Packie was doing in Colombia when he was murdered.”

What is known is that the Ballyfermot man left Ireland for Spain around 20 years ago but continued to be involved with characters involved in serious crime.

He was considered a close associate of fellow Ballyfermot man and notorious international drugs trafficker George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell. However, in recent years, he had been in contact with a dangerous Ballyfermot mob whose henchman was raided by the Criminal Assets Bureau only last month.

The gang is suspected of importing millions of euro worth of drugs every month into the capital in second-hand cars imported from north-west England.

Moore was recently photographed with a 33-year-old Ballyfermot criminal who was heavily involved in a bitter feud in the region which led to four murders almost a decade ago.

Sources have also revealed that Moore was a key associate of murdered gangland criminal PJ Judge.

PJ ‘Psycho’ Judge, a ruthless henchman connected with a number of gangland murders, was himself killed in a gun attack in the car park of the Royal Oak pub in Finglas in December, 1996. Judge was a major suspect in at least three gangland deaths, was a big player in Dublin’s heroin trade and suspected of dealing in ecstasy and cannabis.

Moore was considered one of Judge’s closest pals before he left Ballyfermot for Spain around two decades ago after a garda crackdown on crime. Earlier this week it emerged that Moore had been strangled with bubble wrap and his dead body dumped naked in a Colombian river.

His body was repatriated and he was cremated last month, with the aid of the Kevin Bell Trust.

He was a very popular figure in his native Ballyfermot and dozens of tributes have been posted online by friends and family.