US government impose sanctions on Kinahan Cartel

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

It follows collaboration between Gardaí and law enforcement in America and the UK.

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 company, 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.

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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