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mob extradition Kinahan cartel fugitive Gary Vickery to be extradited to UK from Spain 'within days'

Spanish police earlier released pictures of them swooping on Vickery in Lanzarote


Arrested: Gary Vickery (38)

Arrested: Gary Vickery (38)

Arrested: Gary Vickery (38)

GARY Vickery has agreed to be extradited and is expected to be flown back to the UK in days, it emerged this afternoon.

A well-placed source at the Audiencia Nacional court in Madrid, which deals with extradition proceedings, said: “He was remanded in prison pending extradition after consenting to being returned to the UK.”

The 38-year-old Dubliner is thought to have appeared before a judge in Madrid by video link and not in person, although officials have not confirmed he was remanded to a prison in Lanzarote instead of one near the Spanish capital.

Another insider said Vickery was with his son and daughter when he was held.

He said: “His partner was also around but said she didn’t have any idea of what the situation was with her husband in the UK and the fact that he was a wanted man there.”

The source added: “He lived in a nice house in the municipality of La Asomada and was very well-integrated in the local community.

“He had his business in the municipality of Tias.

“He was aware Gerry Hutch was living on the same island and was sometimes a bit uneasy about the idea that a head of a rival clan was so close.

“But he said there was never any contact of any type or any threats made towards him.”

Today Spanish police released images of Kinahan cartel fugitive Gary Vickery being arrested in Lanzarote.


Gary Vickery being lead away by Spanish police

Gary Vickery being lead away by Spanish police

Gary Vickery being lead away by Spanish police

Vickery, who is wanted for supplying millions of euro worth of drugs as well as money laundering, was nabbed by the Guardia Civil on the holiday island where he has lived since 2017.

Spanish cops say they nailed Vickery with a valid OID (International Detention Order) issued by British authorities on the island where he had been running a pleasure boat rental business with his wife.

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“The detainee is being investigated for the introduction of large shipments of cocaine and for money laundering,” the Guadia Civil said.

“This person was a member of the criminal organization led by Thomas Kavanagh, a henchman of the Kinahan Clan in the UK.

“(He had been) working on several occasions on their behalf in relation to organized crime.

“The trial was held in the United Kingdom in July and he did not appear, only doing so electronically. The reason he alleged was that it was impossible for him to perform a PCR test on time.

“For this reason, the British judge decided to issue an arrest warrant.”

Vickery had previously pleaded guilty to having a prime role in conspiring to import class A and B drugs into the UK.

The large-scale shipments were worth more than £23m (€27.2m) while he also admitted to laundering the criminal organisation's cash.


Gary Vickery

Gary Vickery

Gary Vickery

Two other men- Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh (53), a high-level Kinahan member, and Dubliner Daniel Canning (42)- have also pleaded guilty to similar charges last year.

The three senior cartel associates were arrested following a four-year investigation by UK police and the Garda's National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).

However, their sentencing has been delayed after Vickery failed to show up to Ipswich Crown Court.

He was initially granted unconditional bail and claimed he could not show up to court as he could not get a PCR test, but a warrant was later issued for his arrest.

Yesterday members of Spain's Guardia Civil arrested the Irish fugitive at a bar in the town of Yaiza, south of Lanzarote.

The operation was carried in conjunction with the UK's National Crime Agency who led the investigation into the major drug importation network.

Gary Vickery is due to appear before a Spanish court on foot of extradition proceedings back to the UK.

His two co-accused are currently on remand in a UK prison awaiting sentencing.

Daniel Canning, originally from Walkinstown in the capital, also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Thomas Kavanagh is the brother-in-law of Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne and has previously been named as directing a crime network in Birmingham linked to the Kinahan cartel.

NCA Deputy Director Matt Horne said: “Vickery was given ample opportunity to return to the UK following his guilty plea, but has failed to come back on every occasion.

“We will ensure those who cause harm to the UK though 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.”

The multi-national inquiry resulted in a major blow to Kavanagh’s crime network in October 2017 when the NCA seized around €5.5m worth of drugs and more than £225,000 (€252,000) in cash in raids across the Midlands and Dover.

'Bomber' is currently serving a three-year sentence for possession of a firearm after a modified pink stun gun was found in his "highly fortified" Tamworth mansion.

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