The US has issued a $5 million bounty for information bringing the Kinahans to justice. US officials say Kinahan OCG joins ranks of the Yakuza, Gomorrah, and Russian mafia in their sights. “You can’t hide forever” warning
Among the seven individuals sanctioned by the US Treasury is Daniel Kinahan, who has previously worked as an advisor to boxer Tyson Fury. Treasury officials said Mr. Kinahan “is believed to run the day-to-day operations of the organization.”
The Kinahan cartel emerged in Dublin in the 1990s and the US says it is one of the world’s largest crime groups.
The gang, which the Treasury Department says now uses Dubai as a “hub” for its illegal activities, operates in Ireland, the UK, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, with interests in the drug trade and money laundering, according to the Treasury.
Speaking at a news conference in Dublin, Drew Harris, the Commissioner of Ireland’s police force hailed the sanctions and warned senior gang members couldn’t “hide from justice forever.”
The sanctions will target Mr. Kinahan, who has previously been named by the Irish High Court as the controller and manager of the gang, his father Christopher Snr – a convicted drug trafficker and alleged founder of the gang, and his brother Christopher Jnr, who the notice accused of working with the gang to “transport and sell narcotics in the United Kingdom.”
The US Drug Enforcement Agency has also offered rewards of up to $5m (£3.8m) for information leading to the arrest of any of the three Kinahans.
All those sanctioned will see their US credit and debit cards blocked and any money they hold in US banks frozen. They will also see access to their property restricted.
Daniel Kinahan has also become a well-known figure in boxing circles. He is a co-founder of the MTK Global agency, which represents a number of boxing’s top fighters, including Tyson Fury and Michael Conlon. Mr. Kinahan says he cut ties with the company in 2017. While Mr. Kinahan claims he is no longer associated with the agency, last year Fury expressly thanked him for organizing a high-profile bout with then world champion Anthony Joshua.
Just weeks ago Fury was photographed in Dubai with Mr. Kinahan. Scotland’s world boxing champion, Josh Taylor, is also one of the boxers represented by MTK Global.
Taylor once described Mr. Kinahan as a “great advisor” who is doing great things for the sport of boxing. The BBC has contacted Josh Taylor and his team for comment.
Despite Mr. Kinahan’s well-known links to the drug trade, boxing chiefs have defended his involvement with the sport.
Last month World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaimán offered his “full backing” to the Irishman’s continued involvement after a meeting in Dubai.
Some of the young Irish fighters signed to Mr. Kinahan are John Mitchell, Frans Mlambo, Kenny Mokhonoana, Sam Slater, Mandy Bohm, Pawel Politylo, Matiss Zaharovs & Ryan Spillane.
The Assistant Commissioner of Ireland’s Police Force John O’Driscoll condemned Mr. Kinahan’s standing in the sport, telling reporters at a news conference in Dublin that his influence was “destroying or attempting to destroy a sport that is so important to inner-city communities.”
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