US Imposes ‘Russia-like’ Sanctions on Senior Officials of International Criminal Gang Kinahan | American News


Severe sanctions against the international criminal cartel Kinahan have been imposed by the US government, part of a major new operation against the gang by US, Irish and UK authorities.

The three most experienced members – Christopher Kinahan Sr, Daniel Kinahan and Christopher Kinahan Jr – along with four other gang members and three businesses, including a Glasgow-based drinks company, have all been named by the United States.

The US Treasury Department said it had worked with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the Irish Police (An Garda Síochána) as well as other agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and European Union Law Enforcement Agency. Cooperation, better known as Europol.

Cropped Image - Photo posted by Tyson Fury.  Tyson Fury with Daniel Kinahan
Daniel Kinahan is a prominent member of the gang, US officials said

“The Kinahan Organized Crime Group smuggles deadly narcotics, including cocaine, into Europe, and poses a threat to the entire licit economy due to its role in international money laundering. “said Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E Nelson.

“Criminal groups like the KOCG prey on the most vulnerable in society and bring drug-related crime and violence, including murder, to the countries in which they operate.

“Treasury is proud to have coordinated so closely with our international counterparts, and the U.S. government will continue to use all available resources to dismantle these criminal networks.”

The US has now named the Kinahans as being at the top of an international criminal network and has released a wealth of details about the men, including their addresses and the passport numbers they use, both genuine and fake. .

The sanctions mean that money or assets that Kinahans have in the United States or in American banks can be frozen, as well as any property controlled by the United States, similar to the restrictions imposed on Russian oligarchs to following the invasion of Ukraine.

Their credit cards may be blocked and they cannot fly on US airlines.

    Kinahan Crime Family FBI Chart
The Kinahan Cartel. Photo: US Treasury/FBI

As well as the three senior Kinahans, who are all now based in the United Arab Emirates, the sanctions also apply to associates Sean McGovern, Ian Dixon and Bernard Clancy, who are all based in Dubai, and John Morrissey who lives in Spain.

Two UAE-based companies, Hoopoe Sports and Ducashew General Trading, are sanctioned, as is Nero Drinks, which is based in Glasgow and produces Nero Vodka.

The United States claims that John Morrissey owns or controls Nero Drinks and “gave a significant portion of the business to Daniel Kinahan to offset drug charges seized by law enforcement.”

The Americans also said Daniel Kinahan sourced large quantities of cocaine from South America and attempted to import the drug into the UK.

He fled Ireland after the infamous Regency Hotel shootings in 2016, when gunmen from the rival Hutch gang disguised as armed police attempted to assassinate him, killing an associate instead.

At least 18 people have been murdered in the feud between the two gangs.

Image from City of London Police handout showing Daniel Kinahan at Leeds Bradford Airport.  Oct 17, 200
Daniel Kinahan at Leeds Bradford Airport in 2007

Daniel Kinahan lives in Dubai, where in recent years he has tried to reposition himself as a boxing promoter, and has worked with Tyson Fury.

There is no suggestion that Fury was involved in any criminality.

Two weeks ago, Thomas “Bomber” Kavanagh, the UK’s “top man” for the Kinahans, was imprisoned for 21 years at Ipswich Crown Court.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said he orchestrated a “commercial scale” smuggling operation and imported cocaine and cannabis worth more than £30million.

Two other men, Gary Vickery and Daniel Canning, were also sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

The Gardai (Irish Police) will hold a press conference in Dublin later this morning, at which further details of Irish and British involvement in the international operation against the Kinahans will be revealed.

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