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Countdown Kinahan cartel drug trafficker Daniel Canning enjoys final days of freedom as court date looms

Canning and Tallaght man Gary Vickery remain at large despite the fact that they have both pleaded guilty to major drug trafficking and money laundering charges across the water

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Daniel Canning .

Daniel Canning .

Daniel Canning .

Drug dealer and money launderer Daniel Canning stands in the yard of his car repair business which stopped trading almost three years ago.

The sidekick of Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh should be behind bars in the UK alongside his mob boss, but complications due to Covid-19 restrictions means that he is enjoying his last days of freedom in Dublin where he is living life as if he hasn't a care in the world.

Canning is driving a Range Rover jeep and has been spotted in a top-of-the-range Mercedes car as he remains under surveillance in the countdown to July 16 when he has to hand himself over to the English authorities or face extradition.

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Daniel Canning is to surrender himself to UK authorities by July 16 or face a European Arrest Warrant.

Daniel Canning is to surrender himself to UK authorities by July 16 or face a European Arrest Warrant.

Daniel Canning is to surrender himself to UK authorities by July 16 or face a European Arrest Warrant.

 

He even attended a family knees-up in recent weeks and posed for photographs as he enjoyed drinks in the sun with pals.

Amazingly, Canning and Tallaght man Gary Vickery remain at large despite the fact that they have both pleaded guilty to major drug trafficking and money laundering charges across the water.

Their boss 'Bomber' Kavanagh is already in custody as all three await sentencing on charges relating to the importation of an incredible 292 kilos of cocaine and 600-800 kilos of cannabis with a combined street value of more than €45 million.

The convictions are the biggest to date against the wider Kinahan mafia and have effectively taken out their UK and Irish partners in crime.

Last month, Kavanagh appeared alone in a court in Ipswich for a hearing where Justice Martyn Levett remarked on how unusual it was to have two guilty men out on bail as they await sentencing. During the hearing, he told Canning and Vickery that they need to surrender to the UK authorities by July 16 or face becoming fugitives.

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Canning’s car-repair business, which ceased trading three years ago.

Canning’s car-repair business, which ceased trading three years ago.

Canning’s car-repair business, which ceased trading three years ago.

 

During the hearing, the tonne of Class A and B drugs which the Crown say they imported through a route into Dover in 2017 were detailed. The seizures were made during the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and Garda's Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau joint operation to shut down Bomber's mob.

He sits at the very top of the Byrne Organised Crime gang - a subsidiary of Daniel Kinahan's mafia.

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In July, Justice Levett will be told how negotiations are proceeding behind the scenes as the drug dealing trio attempt to broker a plea deal in relation to the amount of drugs involved.

Canning has pleaded guilty to a firearms and ammunition charge on top of drug trafficking and money laundering, but he and his co-accused want the UK authorities to reduce the amounts of drugs they say they imported.

Riel Karmy Jones, QC, told Judge Levett that the court had not received any documents from Kavanagh or Canning in relation to their position. She said that the Crown was looking for all parties to agree on a starting position of 20 years in relation to the cocaine trafficking and that the Defence were anxious to hear if the court would be in agreement with that.

However, Judge Levett refused to be engage in discussions on what he planned to do and left both sides in the dark as the stalemate moves towards a 'Newton Hearing' - which will be a lengthy 'trial within a trial' to hammer out the details of the extent of the drug trafficking.

If it goes ahead, the Newton Hearing will happen in August, allowing Canning and Vickery isolate for any required period before appearing in court.

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The court heard that Canning was linked to the importation of drugs.

The court heard that Canning was linked to the importation of drugs.

The court heard that Canning was linked to the importation of drugs.

 

He warned the pair that he would issue a warrant for their arrest and proceed to a European Arrest Warrant if needed, which would result in an extra year on top of their sentences if they failed to surrender to authorities.

Canning pleaded guilty in July 2020 but because of complications with Covid-19 has enjoyed his freedom ever since. He is regularly spotted at a garage premises he once had registered with the companies office as a car repair service.

He is listed as a co-director, along with his wife Vikki O'Connor, who lives with him and their children in Walkinstown, on Dublin's southside, in a modest family home.

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The premises once registered as a car-repair service.

The premises once registered as a car-repair service.

The premises once registered as a car-repair service.

 

The couple have been living as normal despite the fact that Canning should be in jail awaiting sentence.

Canning is believed to have been a key member of Kavanagh's mob and regularly travelled between Dublin and Birmingham where he used the car business to transport drugs and launder dirty money.

Kavanagh's former partner, James Mulvey, was handed a 32-year prison term for conspiracy to import more than €100 million worth of cocaine. He was arrested in Lithuania in 2017 after years on the run.

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