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Due in court Kinahan cartel fugitive Gary Vickery extradited to UK for €27m drugs importation sentence

He will appear before Ipswich Crown Court today.

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Gary Vickery being extradited

Gary Vickery being extradited

Gary Vickery being extradited

Kinahan cartel mobster Gary Vickery has been extradited from Lanzarote to the UK to face sentencing for money laundering and drugs charges.

The British National Crime Agency confirmed this morning that the 38-year-old Dublin criminal had been escorted by officers on a flight from the Canary Island yesterday. It follows his arrest by the Spanish Guardia Civil last month.

Vickery will be sentenced for his involvement in conspiring to import more than £23 million (€27.2m) worth of drugs into the UK, and money laundering, as part of ­Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh's crime operation.

Vickery had previously admitted to having a leading role in the operation, but in July 2021 he failed to attend court where he was due to be remanded in custody.

He will appear before Ipswich Crown Court today.

Vickery’s co-accused, Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh, and Dubliner Daniel Canning, 42, are both in custody awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiring to import class A and B drugs and money laundering. Canning also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition.

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Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

They are due to appear in court again for a case hearing on Friday 3 December.

“A fugitive wanted by the National Crime Agency for his involvement in the supply of class A drugs worth millions of pounds has been brought back to the UK to face justice,” they said in statement.

"Gary Vickery, 38, originally from Dublin, was escorted by NCA officers on a flight from Lanzarote yesterday (4 November), following his arrest by the Spanish Guardia Civil on 20 October."

This week, the Sunday World revealed that an investigation has been launched into the business dealings and assets of Vickery.

Vickery, known as 'Flash Gary' - who owns a limited-edition Sunseeker Superhawk power boat, featured in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace - came to police attention in Spain after he began buying up high-end vessels and trying to muscle-in on the island's long-established pleasure cruise industry.

It is understood that the Guardia Civil were investigating Vickery's dodgy dealings at the same time as the 'businessman' was wanted in the UK and had been convicted in absentia for drug and money- laundering offences.

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Gang boss ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh - along with Vickery and Canning - are facing the dual nightmare of lengthy prison terms of up to 20 years and a probe into their assets which will result in a financial penalty estimated on their wealth. If not met, the criminals will spend even longer terms behind bars.

In a spectacular takedown of Bomber's mob, the UK arm of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, police from Ireland, Spain and the UK joined forces and shared intelligence with devastating consequences for the powerful criminal network, which directed a number of feud murders following the Regency Hotel attack.

It is understood that the so-called 'Bomb Squad' had a turnover of more than €100 million over the past decade and Kavanagh and others invested heavily in property and businesses in the Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as in the UK, in order to wash their funds.

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