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shuffling the deck Jail chiefs disrupting Kinahan cartel's operations by moving gangsters around prison system

Two hitmen-for-hire have recently been sent to alternative prisons

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Jail bosses are continuing to disrupt the activities of the Kinahan cartel by moving gangsters around the prison system.

It can be revealed that two notorious hitmen-for- hire have had their routine severely disrupted in recent days.

“Prisoners are moved around for what are called operational reasons but in many cases these transfers happen to prevent and minimise criminal activity within the jail system and that is the case here,” a senior source explained.

When contacted about the situation a spokeswoman said: “The Irish Prison Service does not comment on individual prisoner cases for operational and security reasons.”

Jail insiders say that Finglas criminal Gary Thompson (36) was “becoming a top dog” in the drugs trade in Mountjoy Prison and was starting to exert control over other inmates.

In response he was moved to Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon on September 19 but was this week further transferred to the Midlands Prison in Co Laois.

It is suspected that the gangster who is serving 12 years and-a-half years for his role in a plot to kill The Monk’s brother Patrick ‘Patsy’ Hutch for the cartel arrived at Catslerea Prison with a package of drugs which he distributed among other inmates in the jail.

Sources say that despite being searched numerous times, prison officers could find no solid evidence of his drug dealing and he was not formally disciplined.

However he was moved into an isolation area of the prison before his latest transfer to the Midlands Prison on Wednesday.

Gary Thompson of Plunkett Green in Finglas, and his brother Glen (26) of Plunkett Drive, also in Finglas were two members of a three-man “hit for hire” gang” that targeted Patrick "Patsy" Hutch.

They pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court in July 2019 to unlawful possession of four firearms with intent to endanger life at Belmont Hall Apartments, Gardiner Street in Dublin on March 10, 2018.

Meanwhile another notorious Kinahan cartel hitman Trevor Byrne (41) who is also from Finglas was said to be “enjoying life” in Ireland’s highest security prison in Portlaoise where he had been based for a number of months.

However last Friday the feared thug was sent back to Mountjoy Prison where he had previously served time on remand where he is understood to be closely monitored by officers.

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“Officially this was for operational reasons but in reality he was starting to become a problem in Portlaoise so he is in Mountjoy now,” a jail insider said.

Byrne is serving consecutive jail sentences totalling 17 and a half years for firearms offences and for the armed robbery of a bookmakers, after which he hijacked a woman’s car at gunpoint and threatened to kill her.

Like his associate Gary Thompson he was also sentenced at the Special Criminal Court.

Byrne, who has 44 previous convictions, had left his phone at the scene of the robbery and was convicted earlier this year by the Special Criminal Court of five charges arising from the armed robbery of Boylesports in Applewood Village in Swords, Co Dublin, on March 19th, 2010.

The father-of-three was already serving a nine-year sentence backdated to November 2019 for a firearms offence.

He had been found by armed gardaí in a back garden cabin, where a loaded handgun had been stashed.

Byrne had pleaded guilty six days into his trial to possession of a loaded 9mm Luger-caliber Radom 35 firearm at a house in Woodford Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on November 15th, 2019.

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