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Kearney is kicked out of house by CAB

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Stephen Kearney
Stephen Kearney

Suspected heroin and cocaine trafficker Stephen Kearney has lost his battle with the Criminal Assets Bureau to hang on to his home and has been given six months to vacate the plush property.

Grandad of crime Kearney put up a mammoth battle to keep his house at the Old Mill Estate in Ratoath, in Co. Meath.

Kearney − a key associate of exiled drug heavyweight George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell – has been whining that he has been made homeless and will now have to find somewhere for himself and his dole daughter Melissa to live.

The single mother – who is on State Welfare – had attempted to lay claim to the huge house, but this week the Kearneys were ordered out.

Kearney has hidden away in his large detached home in Ratoath for years and for a long time neighbours believed he was simply a successful businessman.

However, the Sunday World exposed him as a key player in organised crime with a career that spans decades. We revealed how he was facing a massive e700,000 demand from the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Kearney bought the house with his now deceased wife Audrey with no mortgage in 1998, just two years after the establishment of the Bureau.

It is believed that Kearney had built up a huge stash of wealth having worked as a sidekick of notorious drug lord Mitchell, who has based himself between Spain, Turkey and Morocco.

Kearney has remained a close contact of Mitchell, but in recent years has attempted to deal directly with Bolivian cocaine cartels to make even more profit for himself.