Netizen 24 IRL: Gardai vow to smash Kinahan cartel with the help of other police forces

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Gardai vow to smash Kinahan cartel with the help of other police forces

Gardai on Monday vowed to smash the Kinahan cartel with the help of other police forces.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll revealed they have so far saved almost 50 lives in the feud, the latest only last weekend when a hit team tried to kill Patsy Hutch.

He said: “In many of those cases we have had to engage with many people whose lives were threatened.

“Thankfully, in many cases, they listened to us and took our advice and they are alive through behaving in that matter and assisting us to prevent their death.

“We have seven people charged and before the courts in which they are alleged to have conspired
to murder.”

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll speaking at a press conference

The head of the force’s organised crime investigations was flanked by Ireland’s most senior detective at the press briefing in Dublin yesterday.

Also present was Ian Cruxton, deputy director of the UK’s National Crime Agency, which is working with gardai.

Gangsters Daniel and Christy Kinahan are believed to be in Dubai while Gerry “The Monk” Hutch is possibly in Turkey, the Benelux countries or the US.

Mr O’Driscoll said investigators have sought assistance from police across the world including Spanish, Dutch and British forces.

He added: “We engage on a wide level with authorities in other jurisdictions, some that are clearly obvious, like the US, but others which we can’t mention due to sensitivities of the information we received.

Members of the Gardai at a checkpoint on Francis Street , Dublin.

“We have preferred charges against a certain number of people â€" in many cases the investigations are ongoing.

“There is potential where people are outside this jurisdict ion, where charges such as those relating to conspiracy to murder may be laid to people not in this jurisdiction.

“All of that evidence will be gathered, we will get help from other law enforcement authorities in other jurisdictions and we will ensure we use all the relevant international instruments either here or in other jurisdictions.

A revolver seized in a weekend raid

“As I said at the outset, the level of information is significant and relates to other jurisdictions. We are sharing this with agencies such as the NCA, jointly with agencies in other jurisdictions.

“When we show there is a link there is assistance sought and invariably received from the relevant law
enforcement agency.”

Mr O’Driscoll also said An Garda Siochana would continue to “risk assess” the practice of using unarmed officers on protection posts.

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