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Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

Peader Keating was jailed for 11 years

Peader Keating was jailed for 11 years

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Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

Kinahan cartel importer Gary Vickery boasted to pals he was going to be free for ‘six months’ at least – just weeks before he was nabbed by Spanish cops.

Vickery (38) agreed to be extradited to the UK on Friday after being arrested by the Guardia Civil in Lanzarote where he has lived since 2017.

However, a source has told the Sunday World that ‘flash’ mobster Vickery had been bragging to locals that he was under no pressure in the run-up to his arrest.

He had been claiming that the UK ­authorities would not be able to easily get an extradition warrant, and that he had months to get his affairs in order.

Dubliner Vickery is also said to have told locals on the holiday island that he would serve a maximum of four years in the UK and plans to return to Lanzarote. But the cartel drugs importer got a blast of reality after being surrounded by Spanish cops in the village of La Asomada.

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Gary Vickery.

Gary Vickery.

Gary Vickery.

Vickery is now set to appear before a court in the UK where he will be sentenced for his involvement in conspiring to import more than £23m (€27.2m) worth of drugs into the UK, and money laundering, as part of ­Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh’s crime operation.

The Deputy Director of Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) Matt Horne said: “Vickery was given ample opportunity to return to the UK following his guilty plea, but he has failed to come back on every occasion.

“We will ensure those who cause harm to the UK through organised crime are held accountable, and this case highlights our tenacity. “I’d like to thank the NCA officers here in the UK, and our international liaison team in Spain, who have worked closely with colleagues in the Guardia Civil to locate Vickery.”

Vickery is now set to join his boss, Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, in prison in the UK. Kavanagh and Dubliner Daniel Canning (42) pleaded guilty to related drug charges last year. For years Kavanagh headed up the UK arm of the Kinahan cartel’s operation from his base in Tamworth in Birmingham.

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Thomas 'Bomber’ Kavanagh ran the operation in UK

Thomas 'Bomber’ Kavanagh ran the operation in UK

Thomas 'Bomber’ Kavanagh ran the operation in UK

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But since the Regency Hotel shooting, Bomber’s core crew have been steadily dismantled by gardaí and UK cops. The majority of Kavanagh’s inner criminal ­circle are now in prison or facing lengthy prison sentences.

Bomber is currently serving a three-year jail term in the UK after being caught with a stun gun but could face a ­significant sentence in relation to the drugs importation. He is also worried that he could be targeted by the gardaí in relation to directing criminal figures based in Ireland. Several of Kavanagh’s associates have also found themselves behind bars in recent times.

Bomber was dealt a massive blow back in 2017 when his key lieutenant Declan Brady was arrested after the gardaí ­uncovered an arsenal of weapons in ­Rathcoole, Dublin, in 2017.

Brady, who was given the nickname Mr Nobody because he had remained under the radar for years while pretending to be a legitimate businessman, had been overseeing the transport of weapons and drugs into Ireland at the height of the Kinahan-Hutch war.

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Declan Brady was key lieutenant

Declan Brady was key lieutenant

Declan Brady was key lieutenant

Gardaí believe UK-based associates of Kavanagh have helped get the weapons into Ireland.

The premises was set up to look like a branch of a legitimate UK logistics company but gardaí raided it and found an arsenal of weapons which included nine revolvers, four semi-automatic pistols, a sub-machine gun, an assault rifle and 1,355 rounds of ammunition. arsenal Brady was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison after he admitted supervising the firearms arsenal.

Two other cartel associates were arrested over the weapons haul. Jonathan Harding, of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare, was sentenced to ten years with one suspended, while James Walsh, from Neilstown Drive in Clondalkin, was sentenced to nine years with one suspended. Another man Seán Ruth from ­Stradbrook, Stradbally Road in Portlaoise, was ­sentenced to three years after DNA linked him to a firearm found at the ­Rathcoole premises.

He later received a suspended sentence for money laundering offences. As well as overseeing the weapons storage Brady was heavily involved in laundering drugs cash for Kavanagh and other ­cartel associates and gardaí found almost €270,000 which he had hidden in a property in Naas, Co Kildare, in January 2017.

Subsequent investigations revealed that Brady had laundered approximately €1.3m in crime cash.

Brady was sentenced to seven years and three months for laundering cash for a criminal organisation in June this year. Clondalkin gangster Peadar Keating, who was another key lieutenant working for ­Kavanagh, was jailed for 11 years in ­September for directing a plot to murder Hutch associate James Mago Gately.

Keating was of the most senior figures working the cartel in Ireland until he was locked up and is suspected of being tasked with helping organise a number of shootings linked to the feud.

He has close links to Kavanagh and spent time at his property in Tamworth as well as a property belonging to Kavanagh in Spain. He was arrested by the authorities in the UK in 2017 after the seizure of €5.5m linked to Kavanagh’s operation, but later released without charge.

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