Jailed money launderer Thomas Rooney linked to major smuggling ring and Kinahan cartel


A man remanded in custody this week after pleading guilty to moving € 600,000 is linked to a major drug trafficking network between Ireland and the Netherlands.

Homas Rooney had been described in court as a mid to high level gang member who set times and locations to move huge sums of money and had an encrypted phone used only by senior gang members.

He was part of the criminal ring run by rogue transporter Thomas Maher from Clara, who is currently serving a 14-year sentence in the UK.

Rooney is the third person to be convicted of the cash connection to Maher who transported cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland via the UK.

Maher, who also had an address in Warrington, ran a money laundering and drug trafficking operation and worked with other criminal groups, including the Kinahan Cartel.

He has been involved in organized crime for over two decades and was also arrested by UK police investigating the deaths of 29 Vietnamese migrants in a container truck in Essex in 2019, but was later released without charge.

British police dismantled Maher’s network after intercepting encrypted Encrochat messages.

This week Rooney, a 41-year-old businessman whose limousine business collapsed during the pandemic, was sent to jail ahead of his final sentencing hearing scheduled for next January.

Rooney told Gardaí that Covid 19 had put his chauffeur business “in the trash” and that it was “stupid” to involve his partner, although he told Gardaí that she “had nothing to do with it. to do with that “.

Rooney told Gardaí he needed to get € 1,200 to move the money and that he feared for his life.

Catherine Dawson (44) was given a suspended sentence by the Special Criminal Court for her role in transferring the gang’s money.

The third person convicted of transporting cash, Jason Reed, was a volunteer with a soup run in Dublin, but also a high-level trusted member of the Kinahan Cartel and was jailed for seven years last July.

Reed (40) pleaded guilty to money laundering and possession of the proceeds of crime of nearly € 400,000 in Drogheda last year.

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