US puts $5 million bounty on heads of Dubai-based Irish gang – POLITICO

DUBLIN – The United States, Great Britain and Europol have one joint action on Tuesday against Ireland’s leading organized crime family, whose leaders are currently living out of their reach in Dubai.

At a press conference In Dublin, the US government announced a $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest of the Leader of the Kinahan Cartel – Christy and his sons Daniel and Christy Jr. – and four lieutenants.

Ireland has struggled for years to end a cocaine smuggling empire that began a quarter century ago in the city of Dublin and now supplies much of Western Europe. The Kinahans assert their dominant position with deadly force, most notably in a one-sided feud with their smaller Irish rivals, the Hutches, who have claimed at least 18 lives in Ireland and Spain since 2015.

But until now Irish police have been paralyzed in pursuing the Kinahans abroad, where the well-known head of the gang, Daniel, has attempted to rebrand himself as a boxing promoter supported by many within the sport.

Ireland’s Police Chief Drew Harris said he hoped those attitudes would now change – and that authorities in the United Arab Emirates would join the international crackdown on the Kinahans.

“What was previously implicit and what some individuals might ignore is now absolutely explicit,” Harris said, adding, “This is then also explicit to UAE authorities.”

In his dossier Following the freeze of the Kinahan cartel’s US-controlled assets and financial assets, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control released the known addresses of the Kinahan gang’s leadership in Spain, England, the Netherlands and most recently Dubai. The companies attacked include a Dubai-based box advertising agency and a luxury drinks company run from Spain and registered in Scotland.

The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ireland, Claire Cronin, said the press conference that the US would pay up to $5 million for information that would put one of the three Kinahans behind bars.

Gregory Gatjanis, deputy director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Global Targeting, said Kinahan operatives also trafficked drugs on American soil and were seen as a threat to national security as much as Japan’s yakuza, Italian organized crime groups or the Russian underworld.

Matt Horne, deputy chief investigator at Britain’s National Crime Agency, said UK authorities would issue similar freezing orders for Kinahan assets.

“This group thought they were untouchable, but it shows that we will use any opportunity to disrupt their criminal activities. And we won’t stop there,” he said.

Irish police also announced a new European Arrest Warrant for one of the seven: Sean McGovern, a Dublin native wanted for murder as part of the Hutch feud. The US sanctions document described him as Daniel Kinahan’s “closest confidante”.

McGovern was among the wounded when members of the Hutch gang, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, raided a Kinahan-sponsored boxing event in Dublin. That 2015 attack claimed two lives but missed the main target, Daniel Kinahan, who fled back to Spain. In the months that followed, gunmen loyal to the Kinahans killed more than a dozen Hutch mobsters, family members and bystanders in a series of shootings in Dublin. US puts $5 million bounty on heads of Dubai-based Irish gang - POLITICO

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