KINAHAN Cartel lieutenant in the UK Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh is facing years behind bars after admitting drugs importation and money laundering offences.
The 52-year-old Irish national was jailed for three years last September for possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch which was found in a raid on his home as part of the drugs investigation.
Today, he was one of three men who pleaded guilty to a series of drug and firearms offences, following a major investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
At a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court today Kavanagh and Gary Vickery, 37, both car dealers from Tamworth, and Daniel Canning, 41, from Walkinstown, Dublin, all admitted conspiring to import class A and B drugs, and money laundering.
GUILTY: Canning admitted posessing a firearm and ammunition (NCA)
Canning also admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition.
All three men will be sentenced following a court session known as a Newton Hearing which will establish Kavanagh’s exact involvement in the conspiracy.
This will take place at the same court later this year.
NEWTON: Kavanagh faces a hearing to look at his role within the conspiracy (NCA)
NCA Deputy Director of Investigations Matt Horne said: “Today’s guilty pleas are the culmination of a four-year investigation into Thomas Kavanagh and his co-conspirators, who were part of a significant international crime network, capable of organising multi-million pound shipments of drugs.
“We have worked throughout with our colleagues at An Garda Síochána, and I hope these convictions send out a strong message to others who may think themselves to be untouchable.
“We will be relentless in our pursuit of those involved in organised criminality.”