BAGman busted | 

Jailed money launderer Thomas Rooney linked to major smuggling network and Kinahan cartel

He had been part of the criminal network run by rogue haulier Thomas Maher from Clara
Thomas Rooney

Thomas Rooney

Catherine Dawson

Catherine Dawson

Thomas Maher.

Thomas Maher.

Jason Reed

Jason Reed

Eamon Dillon

A man remanded in custody this week after pleading guilty to moving €600,000 is linked to a major drug smuggling network between Ireland and the Netherlands.

Thomas Rooney had been described in court as a mid to high -level operative in the gang who set up times and locations to move huge sums of cash and had an encrypted phone only used by senior gang members.

He had been part of the criminal network run by rogue haulier Thomas Maher from Clara who is currently serving a 14-year-sentence in the United Kingdom.

Rooney is the third person to be convicted over the cash link to Maher who transported cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland through the UK.

Maher who also had an address in Warrington ran a money laundering and drug trafficking operation and worked with other criminal groups including the Kinahan cartel.

He has been involved in organised crime for over two decades and was also arrested by UK police investigating the deaths of 29 Vietnamese migrants in a truck container in Essex in 2019 but was later released without charge.

Thomas Maher.

Thomas Maher.

UK police busted Maher’s network after intercepting encrypted Encrochat messages.

This week Rooney, a 41-year-old businessman whose limousine business collapsed during the pandemic, was sent to jail ahead of his final sentence hearing due next January.

Rooney told gardaí that Covid 19 had put his chauffeur business "down the drain" and that it was "stupid" to get his partner involved, though he told gardaí she "had nothing to do with it".

Catherine Dawson

Catherine Dawson

Rooney told gardaí he was to get €1,200 for moving the money and that he was in fear of his life.

Catherine Dawson (44) was given a fully suspended sentence by the Special Criminal Court for her role in moving the gang's money.

Jason Reed

Jason Reed

The third person convicted over the cash haul, Jason Reed, was a volunteer with a Dublin soup run, but also a trusted high-level member of the Kinahan cartel and was jailed for seven years last July.

Reed (40) had pleaded guilty to money laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime of almost €400,000 in Drogheda last year.


Today's Headlines

More Courts

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices