Irish man linked to multi-million euro European Kinahan drug seizure hunted by Dutch authorities

A drug seizure worth millions was made in Holland.

Dutch police are hunting an Irish man connected to a multi-million euro drug seizure in a European city linked to the Kinahan cartel  - writes dublinlive.ie.

The suspect is understood to be using false documents and investigators believe him to be a member of an Irish crime gang.

Officers in the Netherlands have contacted gardai in an effort to track him down.

A source said: “There was a seizure of €7million worth of drugs here in Holland. These drugs were taken in a police operation.

“During the raid some details were found of an Irish man, thought to be from the Midlands area.

“Dutch police have asked the gardai to identify this man as it is a mystery who he is.”

The Kinahan empire is thought to be linked to a Moroccan gang based in Amsterdam whose activities have been a huge focus for cross-border police probes.

Dutch intelligence services have been instrumental in cracking down on their drug supply efforts.

Authorities said they carried out 3,553 taps on phones and other sources in the past year.

Meanwhile, Amsterdam-based mafia boss Naoufal “The Belly” Fassih, 36, has appeared in a Dutch court on more money laundering charges.

It is understood authorities in the city were provided with information critical to this prosecution following CAB raids in Ireland.

Under Dutch law authorities in the Netherlands can prosecute their own citizens for crimes they commit in other countries.

Fassih had been on the run in Ireland and was nabbed by gardai at a luxury Kinahan property at Baggot Street, Dublin, in 2016.

The crook is head of a gang of thugs who have beheaded their enemies and also shot dozens of rivals.

A Dutch source added: “Amsterdam has become a big centre for serious organised crime – it is an international hub.

“The Kinahan crime gang is serious and big but there are other major players in the city also. Police have recently called for more funding to help them with the workload.”

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