SEVERAL EU police forces are planning a major offensive to extradite “untouchable” mafia boss Daniel Kinahan from Dubai, we learned this evening.
The Dublin gangster also remains a person of interest in three separate Garda probes, the Irish Sun can reveal.
Kinahan – who sought exile in Dubai following the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016 – is a permanent target for the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau, suspected of directing the activities of a organized crime gang.
According to the recently leaked EU memo, the state of the United Arab Emirates as well as Turkey have been identified as bolt holes for top European criminals.
In the report – seen by EUObserver – the EU said: “We know that a large number of high-value targets organize and allow their criminal activities while residing in countries (e.g. Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Turkey) being particularly attractive to ex-Europeans, tap criminals.
The document – which was distributed to EU member states ahead of the bloc’s criminal priorities talks later this month – also states that Europol was helping to create “a list of HVT (high-value targets) ) residing in Dubai-UAE-Turkey â.
The report, dated November 13, also found that police forces in nine EU countries alongside Norway, Switzerland and the United States were working to locate and extradite the expatriate criminals ” untouchables âandâ confiscate their criminal assets â.
The dossier adds: âGetting to know their relationships and understand their way of life can reveal their vulnerabilities and potential pressure points. “
In another memo, dated November 14, Dubai – where Daniel Kinahan resided for a number of years – is referred to as “a key location for key organizers and money laundering activities associated with the cocaine trade. in the EU â.
He said the EU cops aimed to “agree on operational cooperation with the Dubai authorities to target [suspected] containers from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan transiting through the port of Dubai for re-shipment to EU destinations â.
The document also expressed concern over the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, causing more drugs to enter the EU as heroin and methamphetamine production “grows rapidly” since the terror group took control. of the country in August.
He added: âA significant production [of heroin] â¦ Mainly in Afghanistan, may lead to increased trafficking activity to the EU.
âThe new political situation in Afghanistan will require special attention from EU law enforcement agencies on the production of methamphetamine with the use of ephedra plants. “
Ephedra is typically used by drug gangs to make methamphetamine.
The document, titled ‘Operational Action Plan 2022 on High-Risk Criminal Networks’, was drafted by EU representatives in the Council, where Member States meet.
The files described the nature of organized crime as “truly global” and indicated that more than 180 nationalities were involved in “serious activities and organized crime in the EU”.
He added: âSuspects from Latin America are increasingly involved in the cocaine trade in the EU.
âThis includes nationals of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. “
Cocaine entering the block from South American countries, including Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, was trafficked “mainly via Brazil and Ecuador as well as Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela “.
The document also notes that the number of violent incidents linked to the cocaine trade has increased, with the nature of the attacks “intensifying in terms of impact and casualties which now include journalists, lawyers, bystanders and other victims. other persons not involved in the cocaine trade “.
The report also states that “some Member States have observed a noticeable increase in the level of violence associated with the cannabis trade”.
As reports of a major EU and US offensive to bring down the crime lord have emerged, we can reveal a multi-level Garda offensive against the Dublin criminal.
Dapper Don’s eldest son – described in court as the ‘controller and manager’ of the narco-terrorist gang – first emerged as a major target for Gardai and the Spanish police in Operation Shovel in 2010.
After his release from detention in Spain, he continued to live openly in southern Spain before moving to the Middle East.
Although he continues to remain a target for law enforcement over the years, Gardai hopes to strike him with charges relating to the Kinahan and Hutch feud that exploded after the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain in September 2015. .
Kinahan – who was named in a Spanish court for ordering the murder of Hutch – is suspected by Gardai of having ordered his teams of hitmen to lead the offensive against the Hutch family and their associates.
And he first appeared as a “person of interest” in Estonian hitman Imre Arakas’s plot to assassinate Hutch associate James “Mago” Gately in April 2017.
On this occasion, investigators recovered a Pretty Good Privacy encrypted Blackberry phone belonging to Arakas which they said was receiving text messages from Dubai.
A quick-thinking babysitter took a picture of the messages before they were deleted remotely.
And Kinahan emerged as a “person of interest” to Gardai during the plot to assassinate Gary Hanley in Dublin in November 2017.
As the gang stalked their target, their every move was recorded by the GNDOCB as it placed eavesdropping devices in three cars.
During a number of conversations between cartel associate Liam Brannigan and his close friend Dean Howe, investigators believe Daniel Kinahan was the man nicknamed “D”.
In a conversation, as Brannigan and Howe waited in the car near Hanley’s home in Fairview, Brannigan said he told Kinahan he was “bleeding badly” as they discussed the blow.
Brannigan also said Howe Kinahan had urged him to be patient, saying, âRelax. It will happen. Don’t push him.
He also said that âDâ explained how âhe didn’t give ***â how long it took and for everyone to âstay safeâ.
But in a later taped conversation, Brannigan said, âI’m getting rid of my man. He’s killing me, you know what I mean? Gardai thinks Brannigan was referring to the pressure from Kinahan.
In their file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gardai said, âWe believe the vehicles should be used by Brannigan and other members of the Kinahan organized crime group to participate in or contribute to activities aimed at improving the capacity of the organization. criminal. commit a serious offense.
As Kinahan comes under increasing pressure, Sean McGovern and Ross Browning are other senior cartel officials feeling the heat in Dubai.
Our latest revelations also come after Garda Commissioner Drew Harris explained how Gardai was working closely with the U.S. Secret Service to bring down the crowds.
As part of their efforts to crush the crowds, Gardai also has a liaison officer in Colombia, the United States, Spain, France and the Netherlands.
The GNDOCB also works closely with the UK’s National Crime Agency and also visited Dubai in 2019 as part of their attempts to catch Kinahan.
Although Ireland does not have an extradition treaty with Dubai, criminals can be extradited upon âmutual legal assistanceâ request from the Justice Department.