A gang of Irish mobsters has been slapped with massive sanctions after the US government has posted a $5m (£3.8m) report for information leading to the capture of its leaders.
Claire Cronin, America’s ambassador in Dublin, announced the potential payout for anyone providing "information leading to the financial disruption of the Kinahans, or the arrest or conviction" of the crime cartel’s bosses.
Christopher Kinahan, and his sons Christopher Jr. and Daniel Kinahan, are believed to preside over an international smuggling ring trafficking drugs and illegal weapons around the world.
Bringing the gang to justice "is an urgent priority for President Biden and the US government,” Ms Cronin said.
Announcing the sanctions on the Kinahans’ business interests, Gregory Gatjanis from the US Department of the Treasury said the gang was as much of a threat as the Japanese Yakuza gangs or Italian crime syndicate the Camorra.
Other Kinahan associates named in the sanctions were Sean McGovern, Ian Dixon and Bernard Clancy, who are all believed to live in Dubai, and John Morrissey who lives in Spain. Various other members of the organisation live in the UK.
The Kinahans themselves are all reported to be based in the United Arab Emirates. They’ve moved there, in part, as a result of a long-running feud with the Hutch gang, led by Gerry Hutch, which has led to a number of gun attacks in Dublin and elsewhere.
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The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says Christopher 'Christy' Vincent Kinahan Senior has a “long history of criminality”.
In today’s announcement OFAC listed jail sentences Kinahan has served in a number of European countries including: six years for dealing heroin, two-and-a-half years for possession of cocaine, and four years for money-laundering.
It was while serving these sentences, OFAC alleges, that Kinahan made contacts that laid the foundation for his globe-spanning crime syndicate.
OFAC says his sons, Daniel Kinahan and Christopher Jr, "now manage his drug trafficking operations while Christopher Sr oversees the property portions of the enterprise".
Other associates of the family look after various other r”legitimate” business such as Hoopoe Sports, Ducashew General Trading and vodka manufacturers Nero Drinks.
OFAC’s announcement today (Tuesday, April 13), means that the Kinahans are seen as a threat to US national security.
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