“Behind every successful fortune is a crime,” wrote Mario Puzo. The estimated $1 billion the Kinahan cartel has amassed hides the misery of millions of untold victims and a world of pain.
The $5 million bounty offered by the US for information about the arrest of Daniel Kinahanhis brother Christopher Jr. and their father Christy have been a long time coming.
The three-pronged attack, led by Irish, American and British law enforcement agencies, was intended to chill the self-proclaimed untouchables of the underworld.
Their sports cars, mansions and lavish fortunes will always be stained with dingy profits. There is nothing grand or glamorous about the drugs, arms trade and money laundering that fund their lifestyle.
The illusion that the key players in this global crime network are too big for prison has been dispelled.
As Garda Commissioner Drew Harris put it, they can run, but they have nowhere to hide.
The higher echelons of their group, despite being in distant jurisdictions that have no extradition treaties with Ireland, now have to look over their shoulders.
The attractiveness of their targets as safe havens or loopholes has been undermined by harsh sanctions imposed on them.
Access to their ill-gotten lairs and restrictions on their travel also dampen their invincibility.
The webs they spun are now being forensically traced to bring them to justice.
There is an old saying that he who helps the guilty shares the crime. So it’s hoped that the reward money will entice those who might know something to come forward. The message is clear: there are laws. There are rules. And if you break them, there will be dire consequences no matter who you are or where you are.
As Joseph Pulitzer observed, “There is no crime, there is no trick, there is no trick, there is no swindle, there is no vice that does not live by secrecy.”
A significant step has now been taken to uncover, identify and isolate this group of predators who deal in addiction – and use violence to assert their deadly grip on the streets.
Gregory Gatjanis of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control said the Kinahans are now in the sights of US law enforcement.
He said they were now being pursued in the same way that the Italian Camorra mafia group, the Japanese yakuza mafia and the Russian Izmaylovskaya mafia were being hunted. Innocent bystanders were murdered in their vicious feuds.
Raymond Chandler wrote, “Organized crime is the dirty side of the hot buck.”
No wonder, then, that the cartel is now also a dominant player in international money laundering. It is hoped that this global crackdown means it is only a matter of time before they, too, are brought into the cleanse.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/for-the-unscrupulous-kinahans-theres-nowhere-to-hide-41548336.html There is no hiding place for the ruthless Kinahan