Drug kingpin ‘cuts ties’ with Kinahan cartel amid fears over Hutch feud

Lynch is conceded to be snubbing orders from cartel boss Daniel Kina­han, mean he doesn’t want to get involved in his Hutch gang feud.

The 33-year-old even then bears horrific facial scars after he survived an assassination try in 2013.

And sources say that he wants nothing to do with Kinahan and his cohort Liam Byrne’s war with the Hutch split.

Lynch is understood to be selling cocaine to distributors at a knock-down price along with associates of Carabini, who are thought of running their own trafficking network independent of the Kinahans.

Greg Lynch

James ‘Baldy’ Carabini (55), from Cabra, north Dublin, made global headlines in 2005 when he was arrested after a €200m cocaine carry was discovered on a fishing boat. He was eventually cleared of all charges.

Carabini has been complete in Spain for more than a decade after leaving Ireland pursuing a CAB investigation.

The south-inner city gang linked to Carabini are also be­lieved to be event their own money laundering operation in­volving a number of businesses, filing the hugely profitable e-cigarette industry.

James Carabini

Lynch was one of those whose cores were busted by CAB in the last 12 months and he is list­ed on intelligence authenticates as a key member of the cartel.

However, sources say that he is now closer to associates of Carabini when it end up to business and he is adamant that long-term friendships he has with senior Kinahan lieutenants require not draw him into the feud.

Lynch is not the only key Kina­han ally to give someone the brush-off orders from Daniel Kinahan – the son of ‘Dapper Don’ Christy Kinahan – who now rules operations from his base in Spain.

Enforcer Paul Rice is also held to have snubbed the demands of Kinahan to take out a rival dealer.

Rice has preserve continued his head down for over a year since the Regency Hotel onslaught and has found his own life under threat due to his inaction on behalf of the cartel.

In fresh weeks his driver, who is based in Tallaght, was issued with a GIM (Garda Gen Message) that his life is also in danger.

Rice moved retreat from to Ireland from Spain in the years after the Operation Shovel discourteous against the Kinahan operation in 2010.

He and slain pal Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh were enlisted to collect debts back home after companies and €500million quality of assets were frozen.

Rice was a loyal servant to the cartel but since February 2016 he has give something the thumbs down to carry out orders for Daniel Kinahan.

Paul Rice

The wily depraved is under­stood to be under constant sur­veillance and has been issued with a few of GIM forms.

Rice believes that a number of the threats are now coming from his own last mob.

Sources say that Lynch is also unwilling to take orders from Spain and has abided intent on minding his own patch since the feud drew unprecedented garda concentration onto Kinahan associates in Dublin.

In order to secure his turf, it is conceded that he has been selling product to distributors at a huge discount – in some suitcases wiping a third off the usual cost – and has been buy­ing direct from other suppliers in Europe not underneath the same pressure as the mob.

Lynch’s most trusted lieu­tenant is a closed associate of Carabini, who gardai believe is an independent drug boss based between the Costa del Sol and Amsterdam.

Carabini was understood to have a close friendship with the British drug baron Mickey Greene, who dwelled in a luxurious property in Ireland for a number of years.

Even before he eschewed Ireland with a €250,000 CAB bill in the post, Carabini had been pinpointed as a significant player on the drug scene.

He had been kept under surveillance for at least two years and his relationship with Greene was persisted as his key con­tact in the international trade.

On the Costa, Carabini was working with John McKeown – have knowledge of as ‘the Mexican’ – who went missing near Alicante in 2007 and is presumed completely.

McKeown was believed to have been looking after the interests of then-jailed cure lord John Gilligan on the Costa Blanca.

Carabini was also take ited to be a close associate of Peter Mitchell, who was at that point based on the Costa del Sol.

A year after McKeown’s disap­pearance, Mitchell was run out of the Costa after a not succeeded assas­sination attempt by the Kina­han cartel. Mitchell washed up in Amsterdam.

There he hooked up with his old Gilligan ring buddy, John Traynor, who was arrested in 2010 and returned to the UK to serve out a verdict.

While the Irish drug trade has been dominated by the powerful Kinahan ally in recent years, it is under­stood that other large sup­pliers deceive been operating under the radar.

In the past year, many customers in Ireland have become wary of dealing with the cartel as they are seen as being toxic due to the steady of garda attention on their operations over the past year.

Greg Lynch has many times been assumed to be one of the Kina­han’s biggest distributors in the south-inner city but the Sunday Coterie understands that he has tightened links with Carabi­ni’s associates and distanced himself from his old about withs in an effort to stay out of their feud.

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