The criminal figure, who does not have any serious convictions, relocated to Spain in recent months, where he is acting as Mr Big’s agent.
The North Dublin native is believed to be operating independently of the Kinahan mob and police in Spain are monitoring his movements. His boss, nicknamed Mr Big, is a regular visitor to the south of Spain and fled there after ordering the murder of RIRA chief Alan Ryan (pictured below).
He is suspected of arranging shipments of drugs and weapons from a variety of international criminal gangs operating in the area.
In September 2013 one of his closest associates was arrested in Spain after being caught with a “very large” quantity of cocaine and cannabis. The 34-year-old right-hand man from north Dublin – who has a lifelong association with Mr Big – was one of three men arrested in Alicante by Spanish cops following an investigation into the drugs trade. Two other men arrested at the scene are also from Dublin and are both in their early 30s.
The men appeared in court and were charged with possession of drugs and being in a stolen car. However, as is standard with Spanish justice, the case has never come to any conclusion.
Mr Big has amassed a considerable fortune from drug dealing and tiger kidnappings. The gang boss, who cannot be named for legal reasons, supplies a large amount of drugs on the northside of the capital and the Criminal Assets Bureau is going after him for €1.5m.
He claims to be an unemployed tradesman who is still living at home with his parents, but his real career is in the criminal underworld. The fact that he spent a considerable amount of money fitting CCTV and bullet-proof windows and doors to his parent’s house is a stark reminder of his chosen profession. A significant two-storey extension was also built on to the home in recent years.
Mr Big is also believed to have purchased a home where his girlfriend lives in Raheny. The house was not purchased in Mr Big’s name, but it is believed he paid for it.
He is also believed to have piles of cash stored in safe locations which he doesn’t put through bank accounts. Officers have caught associates of the gang boss with large sums of cash which they suspected were being held on his behalf.
Gardai have also seized high-powered vehicles from Mr Big as part of their investigation into his finances. As well as making lucrative profits from the drugs trade, Mr Big has made significant amounts from tiger kidnappings and other robberies. He was also believed to have ordered the murder of Real IRA Dublin chief Alan Ryan, who was shot dead in 2012.
Gardai believe the feud between what is left of the crew linked to Ryan and Mr Big’s mob remains active. Detectives foiled an attempt on the life of one of Alan Ryan’s brothers in April. Mr Big was believed to have been on his way to carry out the hit when gardai attempted to stop him in a car.
He was in the vehicle with another criminal when the pair were spotted in the same area as Alan’s younger brother Vincent. Gardai recognised Mr Big and went to pull him over. However, he sped off and managed to get away. They suspect there was a weapon in the car and he may have been on the way to carry out a hit attempt on Ryan.
Mr Big has no major convictions, but he is currently awaiting trial for a serious offence.
A former associate of Mr Big who fell out with him in recent times also amassed significant quantities of cash from crime over the years. Paschal Kelly (50), originally from Coolock in north Dublin, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for tax evasion, threats to kill a CAB officer and driving offences.
Kelly with an address at Cormeen, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan owes the Revenue Commissioners more than €427,000.
He was registered as a sole trader for window cleaning and taxi services but his real income was derived from a life of crime. He has 50 convictions and served two terms of four years and 10 years for robberies.