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drugs charges UK court issues arrest warrants for Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh's two key lieutenants

Bomber’ wants a judge to sentence him to the importation of just 30 kilos of cocaine and not almost 300 kilo

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Thomas Kavanagh, 52, and Gary Vickery, 37, and Daniel Canning,

Thomas Kavanagh, 52, and Gary Vickery, 37, and Daniel Canning,

Thomas Kavanagh, 52, and Gary Vickery, 37, and Daniel Canning,

Arrest warrants were issued for two of mobster Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh's key lieutenants by a UK court today as they await sentencing on cocaine importation charges.

Kavanagh, who is in custody, has pleaded guilty to drug charges and money laundering offences along with his sidekicks Gary Vickery and Daniel Canning

However, the trio have been fighting to have the quantity of drug reduced before they are handed down their jail terms in Ipswich Crown Court.

The court heard mob boss Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh wants a judge to sentence him to the importation of just 30 kilos of cocaine and not almost 300 kilos which the crown prosecution believe he brought into the UK in three shipments in 2017.

Their lawyers, along with Queen’s Counsel, have been negotiating for months pending a so called ‘Newton Hearing’ which would be a full hearing before a court to determine details around guilty pleas.

The court was told yesterday that Kavanagh had come to an ‘agreement’ in regards the drugs but Justice Martyn Levett said he wasn’t prepared to say if he was in agreement with the quantity which he asked a number of questions about.

“Is that 30 kilos per shipment which would make 90 kilos? Or 30 kilos in total,” he asked.

Arrest warrants were issued for Vickery, who is currently in Lazarote, and Canning, who was recently photographed by the Sunday World in the yard of his car repairs business in Walkinstown in Dublin.

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Daniel Canning .

Daniel Canning .

Daniel Canning .

The duo will be arrested as soon as they enter the UK for the sentence hearing which is listed for August 9 and 10 next.

Although they had both been ordered to appear in court today they said they were in the process of getting vaccinated against Covid 19 and wished to complete their jabs before arrival in the UK.

Today in court Justice Martyn Levett was told that the Crown had no objection to the Kavanagh agreement as sentencing guidelines are similar for any quantity over 5 kilos.

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Kavanagh was the only of the three in attendance at the court and both Canning and Vickery were logged on for the ‘virtual hearing’.

Earlier this month Sunday World snapped Canning, a sidekick of Kavanagh, enjoying his last days of freedom in Dublin while Tallaght man Vickery has been soaking up the sun on Lanzarote.

Both have remained on bail in highly unusual circumstances which a court heard has been largely aided by Coronavirus travel restrictions.

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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.

During an earlier hearing details of 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 were heard.

The tonne of Class A and B drugs which the Crown say were imported through a route into Dover busted in 2017 were detailed as part of a National Crime Agency and Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau joint operation to shut down Bomber’s mob.

Kavanagh sits at the very top of the Byrne Organised Crime gang – a subsidiary of Daniel Kinahan’s mafia.

Canning has pleaded guilty to a firearms and ammunition charge on top of drug trafficking and money laundering.

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'Bomber’ Kavanagh

'Bomber’ Kavanagh

'Bomber’ Kavanagh

Earlier, Riel Karmy Jones QC told Judge Levett that the prosecution 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 has repeatedly refused to be engage in discussions on what he plans to do and today suggested that the chance of a ‘Newton Hearing’ was still a possibility. If it goes ahead the Newton Hearing will happen in August.

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