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Gardai release details of this morning's swoop on Kinahan cartel

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
Gardai release details of this morning's swoop on Kinahan cartel

GARDAI helped Spanish police identify a suspect for the murder of Gary Hutch who was arrested in Spain today.

Gardai and Guardia Civil were involved in coordinated raids in Dublin and Spain today as they crack down on the cartel.

A Dublin criminal was arrested in Spain in relation to the 2015 murder of Gary Hutch which sparked off the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Gardai were present in Spain for the arrest and were also present when the MGM-gym where Daniel Kinahan works was raided.

Detective Superintendent Tony Howard of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said six properties were raided in Dublin and Guardia Civil officers were present here during those raids.

The properties raided in Dublin include three in Dublin 8, and one each in Clondalkin, Lucan and South County Dublin.

“We’ve seized computers, phones, €23,000 in cash, false identification papers and financial documentation in relation to banks outside this jurisdiction,” said Det Supt Howard.

“I believe we will have arrests in the future. Today was about gathering evidence and disrupting and dismantling these organised crime groups. It was about gathering evidence so we can go to the DPP to seek a charge of possibly directing organised crime but certainly facilitating organised crime in these jurisdictions. I do know a significant amount of evidence has been retrieved in Spain.”

He said the investigation was heavily focused on money laundering and officers investigating the gang have seized around €1m in cash in recent weeks.

Gardai searched six locations in Dublin. Three were in the Dublin 8 area, one was in Clondalkin, one was in Lucan and one was in south county Dublin.

A number of gardai were present with members of the Guardia civil. They carried out a number of searches in Spain and one person has been arrested in relation to the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain in 2015.

Det Supt Howard said gardai have helped Spanish police identify suspects as part of the Gary Hutch investigation.

“In terms of sharing information around the murder of Gary Hutch we can help them interpret documentation and vice versa. We have several members there on the ground assisting and interpreting documents for the Guardia Civil and identifying suspects. It is ultimately about identifying suspects to bring before the courts either here or in Spain.”

He said the Dublin man arrested in Spain over Gary Hutch’s murder will appear before magistrates in Spain who will decide whether he is prosecuted.

He added that several members of Guardia Civil were in Dublin.

Det Supt Howard added: “The main focus of the operation was to target organised crime here in Dublin but we are very grateful to our colleagues in the Guardia Civil who we have spoken to on a number of occasions over the past few weeks.

“These operations take a lot of planning and coordination. That has been going on behind the scenes away from the cameras for the last few weeks and it certainly has borne some fruitful rewards this morning.”

He said gardai have also been liaising with officers in other European countries including Spain, Germany and the Netherland and will also work with authorities outside the European Union.