Crimebuster says cracking down on Kinahan Cartel would reduce gang crime in Scotland


Gerry McLean was speaking at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh, Lanarkshire, after the publication of the Scottish Multi-Agency Strategic Threat Assessment.

Gerry McLean, regional head of investigations at the National Crime Agency, said focusing on key Irish Mafia figures would have a “much bigger impact” than targeting smaller groups associated with the Kinahan.

“We’re trying to disrupt that at a very high level to limit the ability of organized crime groups on the ground to derive criminal advantage,” he said.

“There are certain things we do here in Scotland.

“But if we put it at that higher level, it can have a much bigger impact than trying to deal with all the criminal groups that benefit from the Kinahan Cartel and its distribution networks.”

He was speaking at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh, Lanarkshire, after the publication of the Scottish Multi-Agency Strategic Threat Assessment.

Mr McClean added that the arrest of alleged Kinahan repairman and “key member” of the cartel Johnny Morrissey (62) in Marbella, Spain, last month shows the importance of dismantling the group.

Detectives from six different police forces, including the Spanish Civil Guard, Garda and the powerful US law enforcement agency DEA, took part in the operation to trap Morrissey in September after US authorities identified him as a Kinahan enforcer and money launderer.

His wife Nicola, CEO of a Scotland-based vodka company linked by police to organized crime, was also arrested and held up her middle finger as she was walked off by armed Spanish cops behind him.

In an April 11 penalty notice, the US Treasury Department described Johnny Morrissey as an “enforcer” of the Kinahan Cartel, Ireland’s most powerful organized crime gang.

Morrissey, who has been remanded in custody in Spain, “facilitates international drug shipments for the organization from South America” ​​and is “involved in money laundering”, according to the US notice.

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