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'Bomb squad' members facing 20 years and major fines

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Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

Gary Vickery at his luxury villa in Lanzarote.

An investigation has been launched into the business dealings and assets of Kinahan cartel mobster Gary Vickery who is set to be returned to the UK within weeks after Spanish police were told he will not fight extradition from the Canary Island of Lanzarote.

Once returned to the UK, 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 is likely to stand in the dock alongside his crime boss, Kavanagh, and cohort Daniel Canning on December 3, when their sentencing case is next called at Ipswich Crown Court.

The Sunday World understands that the trio 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.

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Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

Gary VIckery being arrested by members of Spain’s Guradia Civil

 

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.

He was arrested recently in a joint operation between the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Guardia Civil but is not intending to put up a fight and is now set to be returned to England to face the music.

Ongoing investigations related to Bomber Kavanagh's role in the Hutch-Kinahan feud in Ireland are still underway and it is understood he could face further charges here, where his senior lieutenants Peadar Keating and Declan Brady are already serving sentences.

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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Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

 

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In Majorca, a number of luxury properties have been identified in the Cala D'Or area, including a stunning waterside villa owned by Kavanagh and properties linked to Keating and Brady.

Kavanagh and his brother-in-law Liam Byrne, as well as other members of their mob, are understood to have also invested in property and businesses on the party island of Ibiza.

Kavanagh and his wife Joanne live in a luxury home in Tamworth, on the outskirts of Birmingham, bought in the years after his Dublin home was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

The gated mansion, complete with an outdoor bar, is surrounded with millionaire homes in the middle-class UK suburb.

Liam Byrne, who is a brother of Joanne and murdered David Byrne, has already lost his Dublin home to the CAB  and has since been living nearby in a house registered to a family friend.

On the island of Lanzarote, the Guardia Civil are probing how Vickery has afforded a collection of luxury boats, including the Sunseeker Superhawk and a private yacht.

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Vickery owns a Sunseeker Superhawk boat and other vessels

Vickery owns a Sunseeker Superhawk boat and other vessels

Vickery owns a Sunseeker Superhawk boat and other vessels

 

He attempted to expand his interests in pleasure cruisers, which can be rented to tourists at exorbitant nightly rates, when the Covid pandemic hit but is understood to have attempted aggressive takeovers of local businesses which have landed him in hot water with police.

Vickery and his wife Nicola O'Connor live in a stunning gated villa in Macher on the island, complete with a private pool, and rent other properties to visitors.

O'Connor is the registered owner of a property rental company and also once ran a cake business in the UK. The Vickerys' car business, Sigma Cars and Commercials, registered to a luxury property in Solihull in the UK, has recently been placed on the strike-off list.

As Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) prepare to conclude their case against Kavanagh, Canning and Vickery by early 2022, it is understood that a proceeds-of-crime case is also ongoing parallel to the criminal probe.

Where judicial demands are not met, up to five years extra can be put on top of sentences.

At the time of Vickery's arrest, the Deputy Director of the NCA, Matt Horne, said: "Vickery was given ample opportunity to return to the UK following his guilty plea, but he has failed to come back on every occasion.

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Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh and his wife Joanne Byrne, and their house in Tamworth, near Birmingham

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh and his wife Joanne Byrne, and their house in Tamworth, near Birmingham

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh and his wife Joanne Byrne, and their house in Tamworth, near Birmingham

 

"We will ensure those who cause harm to the UK through 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."

A source previously told the Sunday World that mobster Vickery had been bragging to locals that he was under no pressure in the run-up to his arrest.

Vickery had been claiming that the UK ­authorities would not be able to easily get an extradition warrant, and that he had months to get his affairs in order.

The mobster is also said to have told locals on the holiday island that he would serve a maximum of four years in the UK and plans to return to the holiday island of Lanzarote.

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