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US Names And Sanctions Kinahan Crime Gang Members

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:35 12 Apr 2022

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International action is being taken against the Kinahan cartel, with the US government imposing sanctions on the Irish crime gang.

It follows collaboration between law enforcement in America, Gardaí, the UK’s National Crime Agency and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

The US Department of the Treasury says the Kinahan cartel "smuggles deadly narcotics, including cocaine, to Europe, and is a threat to the entire licit economy through its role in international money laundering".

Daniel Kinahan, his father Christopher Snr and brother Christopher Jnr have all been named on an Office of Foreign Assets Control list by the US Treasury Department.

They're among seven members of the Kinahan crime gang and three associated businesses, including a UK-based drinks company and a United Arab Emirates-based sports management and advisory firm, named and sanctioned.

In a statement, it said criminal groups like the Kinahans "prey on the most vulnerable in society and bring drug-related crime and violence, including murder, to the countries in which they operate".

It went on to say the cartel, which "emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the most powerful organized crime group operating in Ireland", is also established in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.

The sanctions mean the likes of US banks and companies can not do business with those named, any property they have in the US is blocked and they can't fly on US airlines.

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