US offers $5 million reward for information on Kinahan organisation
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that from today, the Kinahan Organised Crime Group would be running out of money.
The United States of America has offered the public a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the disruption of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
The reward is for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of three senior Kinahan members, Christy Snr, Daniel or Christopher Jnr.
The reward was announced by US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin on Tuesday morning.
@StateDept Reward of up to $5,000,000.00 USD for information leading to the Financial Disruption of the Kinahan Criminal Organisation or the arrest and/or conviction of:
Christy Kinahan Sr
Christy Kinahan Jr
Submit Tips via email to KinahanTCOTips@dea.gov pic.twitter.com/IkyLsqIGDN
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) April 12, 2022
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said this was the "first phase" in the work to tackle the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
He added that the remaining members can run but "can't hide from justice forever".
This is only the 'first phase' in work to tackle the Kinahan crime gang, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has said.
He added that remaining members of the gang can run but 'can't hide from justice forever' | Read more: https://t.co/7qwXOvkAvJ pic.twitter.com/YDHA9oed40
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 12, 2022
"The Kinahan Organised Crime Group smuggles deadly narcotics, including cocaine, to Europe, and is a threat to the entire licit economy through its role in international money laundering," said Under Secretary 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 US government will continue to use every available resource to dismantle these criminal networks."
Sanctions were placed on several companies due to their links to the Kinahan group, including Nero Drinks Company Limited, Hoopoe Sports LLC, and Ducashew General Trading LLC.
OFAC has published a series of known addresses and multiple passport numbers of those named in the sanctions.