Australia Drug ring linked to Ireland's Kinahan cartel uncovered in Australia

03:00  23 april  2018
03:00  23 april  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Follow-up investigations, carried out by Australian police, have uncovered a sophisticated cocaine supply network which sources say leads directly to the Kinahan crime cartel . Aside from Australia the Kinahan cartel is also believed to be supplying drugs to central and northern Europe.

The Irish police have worked with the AFP to make the arrests.© NIALL CARSON The Irish police have worked with the AFP to make the arrests. A sophisticated drug trafficking operation between Ireland and Australia has been uncovered after a two-year transnational investigation into an established Irish drug cartel, which has led to the arrest of at least four Irish nationals in Australia and New Zealand.

The alleged drug ring is said to be linked to one of Ireland's most prominent crime gangs, the Kinahan cartel, a drug and money-laundering racket worth hundreds of millions of dollars, with networks stretching around the world.

The Kinahan cartel has previously been described as having made Ireland the main gateway for drugs into Britain, with the head of the gang Christy Kinahan considered "one of the biggest drug dealers in Europe" at a time.

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The main gang leaders of the Kinahan cartel have fled Ireland in the last six months. Some have a number of outstanding arrest warrants in Spain, Ireland and the UK. The arrest of El Rico will send shockwaves through drug trafficking rings across the world.

Led by Ireland's national police, An Garda Siochana, the investigation has involved immense support from the Australian Federal Police and New Zealand authorities since 2016.

Nine people have been arrested in Ireland since January in connection with the laundering of drug trafficking proceeds back to Ireland via Western Union money transfer.

Previous arrests in Perth, Darwin, Sydney and Christchurch have also been linked to the operation.

Last week six people were arrested during planned searches across the greater Dublin area, in which €250,000 (about $400,000) was seized after it was discovered in a mattress.

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National Weather Warning. News. Ireland . Gardaí in Dublin have arrested two men linked to the Kinahan drugs cartel and recovered a loaded handgun.

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The head of the Kinahan cartel, Christy Kinahan.© Provided by Sydney Morning Herald The head of the Kinahan cartel, Christy Kinahan. Irish authorities have confirmed a number of those arrested to date have previously "travelled to Australia", where the value of cocaine is four to five times that of Ireland.

"It is suspected that this organised crime group has been engaged in this activity for a number of years prior to being identified in 2016," a Garda spokeswoman told Fairfax Media.

"The AFP and the New Zealand authorities have provided ... immense assistance ... to this investigation since 2016, having identified a number of Irish nationals suspected of involvement in drug trafficking in Australia and New Zealand," she said.

She added that the AFP did not play an active role in the searches, but was fully briefed and remain in close contact with the Garda investigation team.

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The drugs were found when industrial units near Ashbourne, Co Meath, were raided on Wednesday by specialist garda units tackling organised crime gangs linked to the Kinahan cartel .

The investigation began in 2016, when Irish national police and the AFP identified the use of human couriers along a drug supply route between Australia and New Zealand, originating in Ireland.

Sources suggest the syndicate was testing the route as early as September 2014, when a 28-year-old Irish national arrived off a long-haul flight at Perth International Airport.

Ian Padraig O'Heaire, from Dublin, landed in Perth after an almost 17-hour journey from Dublin, via Dubai.

He had suffered a number of seizures on the flight and emergency X-rays at Royal Perth Hospital would soon reveal why.

O'Heaire had swallowed 27 balloons of cocaine, or almost 200 grams, with a purity of more than 69 per cent.

In 2014 the District Court of Western Australia heard O'Heaire was "the classic mule", accepting the trafficking job to clear a gambling debt worth around $30,000.

He was meant to deliver the haul to another man from "the criminal community" at an Irish pub in Perth.

Instead, he was arrested and later handed a backdated sentence of four years and six months for the trafficking offence and was released in March 2017.

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A ruthless and violent Irish drug cartel has reportedly landed in Australia , shipping huge amounts of The Kinahan cartel is believed to be linked to the seizure of 20kg of cocaine at a Brisbane Kinahan ’ s cartel , thought to be one of the biggest wholesale drug operations in both Ireland and the

National Weather Warning. News. Ireland . Gardaí are continuing to question two men in their 30 s , linked to the ongoing feud between two criminal gangs in Dublin. Both men are known to be connected to the Kinahan drugs cartel .

It is understood the Australian market was also being tested by the Kinahan cartel in 2017, when more than 30kg of a substance believed to be cocaine was found on a Brisbane building site in September.

The white substance was later revealed to contain just 2 per cent cocaine, leading Irish authorities to believe the shipment was sent as a double cross duping its buyers into believing it had been seized by Australian police, as reported by Irish newspaper Sunday World.

Irish sources say the recently dismantled network between Ireland and Australia involved male and female drug mules who were recruited to traffic cocaine to Australia, either by swallowing packages or, in the case of women, inserting it into their body cavity.

The couriers would often pose as a couple on a backpacking holiday; earning a free holiday and more than £10,000.

It has been alleged the network preferred to use women to transport the drugs, as they could remove the cocaine during the flight, before re-inserting it upon landing.

In 2016 the Kinahan cartel was at the centre of a bloody feud with the rival Hutch gang in the heart of Dublin.

The feud was set off by a violent hit on a Dublin hotel, where a squad of six men linked to the Hutch gang descended on the hotel's foyer armed with pistols and an AK-47, in an attempt to target key members of the Kinahan clan.

The AFP declined to comment on the investigation, saying only that it enjoyed a "close working relationship with Irish authorities'', who were leading the "ongoing" investigation.

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