Three Kinahan hitmen hide out in UK after fleeing Dublin
Three of the most feared hitmen for the deadly Kinahan cartel - including two brothers - are hiding out in Birmingham, gardai believe.
Dublin Circuit Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of one of these men, a 36-year-old Finglas criminal, due to stand trial here on separate charges.
The issue of that warrant means that he can be arrested by English police and extradited here.
It is understood he is in Birmingham with two brothers from Cabra who are chief suspects in the murder of Darren Kearns (33), who was shot dead in front of his wife after eating a Chinese meal on December 30, 2015 on Dublin's Blackhorse Avenue.
It previously emerged that the cartel is closely associated with a Birmingham gang which is suspected of being one of the biggest drugs trafficking organisations in the UK.
The Birmingham criminals are believed to work "hand in hand" with the Kinahan organisation and operate a number of "front" companies primarily transport and logistics linked.
The 36-year-old Finglas criminal, who is believed to be in "regular contact" with the Cabra brothers in Birmingham, is considered one of Ireland's most ruthless criminals and was arrested for the Eddie Hutch murder.
Gardai have also been investigating if the criminal was involved in the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (55), a former business partner of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch, who was shot dead outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, on March 23 last.
The Birmingham gang linked to the Kinahans are understood to be "facilitating" the three on-the-run Dublin criminals and have long-standing links with the Kinahan crime network with "front companies".
"Of course, these companies are involved in the import of all types of narcotics which are then distributed throughout Ireland and the UK," a source explained.
"The Birmingham mob linked to the cartel are long-term targets of the British National Crime Agency. A number of operations have been mounted against them in the last five years which has resulted in the seizure of millions of euro worth of goods," a source said.