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stash the flash 'Bomber' Kavanagh lieutenant Gary Vickery builds up Lanzarote cash stash before facing jail

The 38-year-old has been burying money in investments on the island and is understood to have a collection of luxury boats including a Sunseeker Quantum as well as rental properties and luxury cars

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Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

Fugitive Gary Vickery is kicking back in this luxury villa in sunny Lanzarote, where he has been desperately trying to feather a nest for his wife Nicola before he goes to jail.

The 38-year-old has been burying money in investments on the island and is understood to have a collection of luxury boats including a Sunseeker Quantum as well as rental properties and luxury cars.

The couple are regulars around the exclusive harbour area of Puerto Calero, where they regularly while away their afternoons admiring the yachts and quaffing champagne.

He has told friends he is confident he will serve just four years for importing vast quantities of cocaine into the UK and for laundering money with mob boss Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh, but a judge might have other plans.

Vickery was due in Ipswich Crown Court on Friday but he told Judge Martyn Levett that he went to an airport on the island and wasn't allowed board a flight because he couldn't book a Covid test in the UK using a prison address.

When he furnished the court with no proof of his claims, he was warned that he will pay for each breach of bench orders with extra time when he is sentenced next month.

He was also warned that if he doesn't show up on September 27, he will be done for contempt of court and slapped with an additional two years in prison onto a lengthy sentence he is facing for drug and money laundering offences.

He has already failed to show up in court twice before, once maintaining that he had been a close contact of someone with Covid.

Vickery and his co-accused Daniel Canning, 42, worked for Kavanagh for years as he operated as the UK franchise of Daniel Kinahan's Irish mafia organisation which supplied drugs and weapons to gangs in the UK and Ireland.

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An aerial view of the villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

An aerial view of the villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

An aerial view of the villa in the Tias municipality of Lanzarote.

 

While Canning handed himself into authorities in the UK last month, Vickery has remained on the run more than a year after pleading guilty to serious charges and is subject to a European Arrest Warrant.

Extradition proceedings, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday, are in place.

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Despite being ordered to hand himself in, Vickery has continued to remain at large.

A Sunday World investigation has found that Vickery is well known in Lanzarote, where he is nicknamed 'Flash Gary' because of his boasts about his collection of cars, rental properties and boats and his claims that he also owns a large villa in Malaga and a car company importing Japanese motors into Ireland.

He and wife Nicola live in a luxury gated villa in Macher with a private pool.

The pair drive a BMW X5 and a Range Rover and have been seen a number of times together making enquiries about investment opportunities in the region.

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Gary Vickery with his wife Nicola.

Gary Vickery with his wife Nicola.

Gary Vickery with his wife Nicola.

 

Mrs Vickery often goes by her maiden name, Nicola O'Connor, and is the registered owner of a property rental company Northwhere CC SL, which manages a string of homes and is registered to an address on the island.

The company was registered in January 2020 listing 'holiday and other short stay' as its primary industry.

Gary holds no official business interests.

Social media accounts link the couple to advertisements offering charters of a number of luxury boats including an orange coloured Quantum which rents for almost €1,000 per day.

Vickery claims that he is one of 'Bomber' Kavanagh's closest friends and confidants and boasts that he was frequently trusted to mind his dog while the mob boss was away.

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‘Flash Gary’ and his wife Nicola on the sun-kissed holiday island.

‘Flash Gary’ and his wife Nicola on the sun-kissed holiday island.

‘Flash Gary’ and his wife Nicola on the sun-kissed holiday island.

 

He says he will only serve a short sentence in the UK and will then be free to return to Lanzarote, where he believes he has successfully squirrelled away his ill-gotten gains in a network of businesses and investments making him a millionaire.

The Sunday World understands Vickery has a number of rental units on the island as well as his vast villa which is located a short 5km drive from Peurto Del Carmen, where Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch survived an assassination plot on New Year's Eve 2015.

Ironically, Lanzarote has long been seen as a stronghold of Hutch, who had been living there for years before falling out with the Kinahan organisation.

Back in Ireland, Vickery has been linked to younger associates of Stephen Kearney - a long-term partner of George 'The Penguin' Mitchell - who run a second-hand car firm in Ireland and who are based in the Tallaght area, where he comes from.

Kearney is one of the longest established criminals in the underworld and has managed to stay out of jail for much of his career while gardaí suspect he runs a well-oiled enterprise in drugs and money laundering.

He has been at least four decades in the business and now mentors youngers associates who have been trying to establish themselves as major players.

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The luxury Sunseeker Qantam.

The luxury Sunseeker Qantam.

The luxury Sunseeker Qantam.

While there are no known links between Kearney and Kavanagh, gardaí continue to examine the tight-knit relations between all Irish gangs.

Kavanagh indicated to Ipswich Court on Friday that he needed to know what other 'developments' there are surrounding his case.

Sources say that he is worried that he has been implicated in serious crime in Ireland since the Kinahan and Hutch feud kicked off in February 2016.

Kavanagh's secret weapons man Declan Brady, AKA 'Mr Nobody', was discovered at a warehouse near Saggart, Co. Dublin, at the height of the feud with an arsenal of lethal weapons many of which were loaded and ready for use.

His top man in Ireland, Peader Keating, was jailed last week for 11 years for his role directing an attempted hit on James 'Mago' Gately.

Kavanagh is a brother-in-law of David Byrne, who was killed at the Regency Hotel in Dublin when a hit team failed to find their target Daniel Kinahan, kicking off a major gang feud that threatened the security of the State.

More than 60 people linked to the Kinahan organised crime group are currently behind bars, including many serving sentences for murder and conspiracy.

Daniel Kinahan remains in Dubai although sources say he is terrified he will soon be arrested.

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