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Crime lord The Bomber, who ran the drug empire from a bulletproof mansion, has been arrested at the airport

Thomas “Bomber” Kavanagh, 54, was arrested at Birmingham Airport when police rushed in and shut down his criminal network – he was a senior member of the Kinahan organized crime group

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This is the dramatic moment when a notorious crime lord who ran a multi-million pound drug empire is arrested at the airport.

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, 54, was arrested at Birmingham Airport when police rushed in and shut down his criminal network.

Footage shows the senior member of organized crime group Kinahan being targeted as he attempted to return to the UK. BirminghamLive reports.

Kavanagh lived with his family in a fortified mansion with reinforced doors and bulletproof glass in Tamworth, Staffs.

Video shows the man who acted as a figurehead for the Kinahan organization in the UK being told what he is being arrested for before being dragged to a police van.







Thomas Kavanagh was sentenced to 21 years in prison
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Canning was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison
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When the National Crime Agency searched his home in January 2019, officers found numerous weapons, including an illegal stun gun – for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Officers also seized around £35,000 worth of cash in various currencies including pounds sterling, euros and Emirati dirhams found in drawers, pockets and on the backs of sofa cushions.

The raid was part of a broader investigation to bring down the network as the NCA also targeted Kavanagh’s associates – Dublin-born brothers-in-law Gary Vickery, 39, and Daniel Canning, 43.







Gary Vickery was sentenced to 20 years in prison
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Investigators were able to prove her involvement in a large-scale drug shipment worth around £30million – and the movement of cash and weapons.

Kavanagh, Canning and Vickery all admitted to conspiring to import class A and B drugs and money laundering, while Canning also admitted to owning a firearm and ammunition.

At Ipswich Crown Court today, Kavanagh was sentenced to 21 years in prison, Canning to 19.5 years and Vickery to 20 years.







This is the moment when Kavanagh is arrested by the police
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NCA Assistant Director of Investigations Matt Horne said: “Kavanagh was a senior member of the Kinahan Cartel, an organized crime group synonymous with violent crime. He was her most important man in Britain.

“Through their criminal connections abroad, his organization was able to organise, import and distribute many millions of pounds worth of drugs.

“These men thought they were untouchable, but we were able to systematically dismantle the group and prove that wasn’t the case.”







At that moment Kavanagh is taken away in handcuffs by the police
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Deputy Director Matt Horne said: “This investigation involved working with An Garda Síochána in Ireland. We are determined to work together to attack criminal networks impacting communities on both sides of the Irish Sea.

“Our financial investigation into Kavanagh and his associates is ongoing in order to deprive them of any assets they have acquired through their crimes. This is not the end of our activities targeting this group.”






Thomas Kavanagh’s gated mansion in Mile Oak

Kate Anderson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor of the CPS International Justice and Organized Crime Division, said: “This organized crime group has imported millions of pounds worth of dangerous drugs into the country and hidden them in machines to avoid detection.

“They showed no regard for the communities they were putting at risk and pleaded guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence supporting their role in this illegal operation.







Thomas “Bomber” Kavanagh learns what he’s being arrested for
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“Cases like this demonstrate our commitment to disrupting organized crime – and making sure they are brought to justice.”

Deputy Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Head of Organized and Serious Crime at An Garda Síochána, said: “The successful outcome of the court cases in the UK today represents a very positive development in law enforcement’s efforts at the international level to fight crime committed by organized crime groups and networks with an international dimension, which negatively impact communities around the world through drug sales and other crimes.

“An Garda Síochána has forged a very strong working relationship with the UK’s National Crime Agency, helping to ensure communities in the UK and Ireland are better protected from organized crime.”

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