KINAHAN cartel member Johnny Morrissey and his wife Nicola became “the neighbors from hell” after swapping their €5 million mansion for a downsized €300,000 hideaway.
The couple were reduced to a modest attic apartment rented for €1,200 a month after US authorities publicly labeled Morrissey as a key member of the Kinahan cartel.
The couple had previously invited a glossy Marbella magazine to the villa they called home.
That was before Morrissey was identified as a suspected money launderer and Kinahan enforcer by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
The couple moved into a nondescript apartment building near Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol over the summer.
Neighbors told yesterday how they quickly ended up on the wrong side with other expats and locals after moving in.
A local said: “They had dogs, including a German Shepherd, and they hosed down the animals’ droppings in the outside corridor leading to their front door, so it ran over the edge and onto the properties below.
“That was totally unacceptable behavior. They quickly earned a reputation for being the neighbors from hell.”
Morrissey was about to be ordered to take down a camera above the front door of the three-bed penthouse when he was arrested.
Councilors had been asked to tell the former Cork restaurant owner that it was illegal to point the camera at the street and other areas used by his neighbours.
The camera meant he could see who was in front of the guarded block’s main entrance if someone tried to break into the restricted area.
But it failed to alert him to the well-planned police operation – because he was sound asleep when they moved in.
Officers from an elite unit of the Spanish Civil Guard – the GAR – gained access to his apartment.
They had keys to the front gate of the block and are said to have gotten from an underground car park to the third floor where Morrissey lived.
They smashed down a gate and the front door to his apartment before trapping him in his bed at gunpoint.
The speed and efficiency of the police action meant some residents in the block of flats were unaware of the arrests yesterday.
The management company had been asked for front gate keys three days before the arrests, but the police had not given them any details as to why they needed them.
A local said: “I heard a huge bang probably at the moment they stormed the apartment but nothing after that and I fell asleep again. It was very early, around 6:40.”
Manchester-born Morrissey, 62, was allowed to change into a green T-shirt and white trainers before being handcuffed out in the tropical shorts he was believed to have slept in.
In a previous interview with the Marbella-based business and lifestyle magazine exclusive lifeNicola had spoken out about her plans to open a wellness center in nearby La Cala de Mijas, on another estate where she and her husband lived years ago.
She added in the interview, titled “At Home With Nicola Morrissey”: “We have been busy overseeing the luxury construction project and assembling a team of experts to offer the latest therapies and treatments.
“We will have a full-time nutritionist, in-house yoga and meditation specialist, colon hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, and more.”
In April, Johnny Morrissey was one of seven people, including Christopher Kinahan Sr. and his son Daniel, who were sanctioned by the U.S. branch of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
US authorities said: “John Morrissey worked for the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG) for several years, including as an enforcer, facilitating the organization’s international shipments of drugs from South America. John Morrissey is also involved in money laundering.”
La Guardia Civil, which led the operation against Morrissey through its elite UCO unit with support from An Garda Síochána, Britain’s National Crime Agency and the powerful US law enforcement agency DEA, says it believes he allegedly helped criminal gangs kill more than 200 Millions of euros to launder Their investigation lasted 18 months.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/the-neighbour-from-hell-how-kinahan-cartel-member-johnny-morrissey-got-on-the-wrong-side-of-locals-before-his-dramatic-arrest-in-spain-41999122.html “The Neighbor from Hell” – How Kinahan Cartel member Johnny Morrissey fell on the wrong side of the locals before his dramatic arrest in Spain