EMPIRE OF THE SCUM
We reveal the sheer scale of the Dapper Don's global business as gang brought to court and then off to jail
PINCHED: Dapper Don Christy Kinahan
THE Sunday World today lifts the lid on the amazing scale of Dapper Don Christy Kinahan's Empire in the Sun.
As dramatic pictures show the Irish Godfather and his two sons Daniel (33) and Christy junior (35) being led to court in chains yesterday, we have uncovered Kinahan's €500m gangster's paradise in Brazil.
The stunning properties shown here are now at the centre of a worldwide probe into Ireland's most successful ever drugs cartel - dubbed the "Irish Mafia" by a Spanish Government Minister this week.
The luxury resorts are scattered across an entire strip of South American coastline and reveal for the first time the incredible wealth that the Dapper Don and his Costa Cartel amassed in just eight years of flooding every city and town in Ireland with cannabis, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and guns.
Resort du Mar, Taiba Sands and Malibu Golf Suites, are located along one of the world's most beautiful coastlines, and form part of an enormous development comprising of hundreds of luxury villas, four-star hotels, swimming pools, a golf academy, restaurants and bars.
PINCHED: Christy junior
They are located over a mind boggling 44 hectares on a stretch of white sand which is known as the St Tropez of Brazil and where temperatures average a beautiful 27 degrees all year round.
The holiday resorts are being marketed by a Spanish limited company, Green Land Securities, which the Sunday World can today reveal is part of a list of 31 companies linked to Kinahan's cartel - all of which were frozen on the orders of a Spanish judge this week.
Daniel Kinahan, Christy's son who is also in custody in Spain after a major cross-border sting, is a former director of the company which urges would-be customers to invest because crime and petty theft in the area are lower than the rest of Brazil.
The current director, Anthony Fitzpatrick, has been named in a list of 22 people and 31 companies who form part of a preliminary investigation into the Kinahan crime organisation.
The list detailing Green Land Securities as one of the 31 companies linked to Kinahan was this week given to Judge Maria Carmen Gutierrez Henares at the Court in Estepona.
It shows the mindboggling scale of the money laundering wing of Kinahan's Costa Cartel. The mob was making so much money that the Dapper Don had to try and clean it on a massive scale in a property and business empire with an estimated value of more than €650m.
But the sun is now setting on Kinahan Inc after he was arrested in a dramatic swoop with 33 others. After days in a Spanish police station he emerged blinking into the Costa del Sol sunshine yesterday.
PINCHED: Daniel when led into the courthouse
His two sons and a woman identified only as a secretary were also led into the court by black-clad members of the elite Spanish police unit (GEON).
The Dapper Don was marched into court sporting a four-day beard and dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and trainers with no socks.
Kinahan who grew up around Cabra and Oliver Bond flats in northside Dublin was hauled before Judge Maria Henares as the suspected mastermind of a criminal organisation involved in drug smuggling, arms dealing and money-laundering.
Police launched a massive security operation yesterday as the Kinahans were driven to court in a convoy of five cars.
Armed officers sealed off the oneway residential street outside the court in the seaside town of Estepona at 8.45am local time.
At 9.03am a convoy carrying the three suspects raced through a barricade with sirens blaring.
NABBED: John Cunningham outside court under heavy security on Friday night
The first car, an unmarked grey Nissan X-Trail 4x4, contained three heavily armed officers from the elite Special Operations Security Group, dressed in black and carrying machine guns.
It was followed by three marked National Police cars with a suspect in each vehicle - Kinahan and his two sons.
A second unmarked 4x4, a black Toyota Land Cruiser, brought up the rear had three more of the specialist security officers inside.
At 9.04am Daniel Kinahan was led by two uniformed National Police officers into the court building.
OASIS DO MAR: Located along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines
At 9.06am his balding brother Christopher Jnr was led into the building. He was also casually dressed in jeans, a green t-shirt and a blue Bank of Ireland tracksuit top. Their father Christy sat in the police car shielding his face from photographers as his sons were taken into court.
At 9.08am he was marched in by the two uniformed officers, his head bowed and his hands cuffed behind his back.
The three men were held in separate cells inside the court and kept apart at all times.
They were each due to be grilled separately by the judge in the presence of their lawyers and a courtappointed translator.
They were expected to be named as formal suspects in the investigation. None has been charged with any offence, as formal charges are only usually laid in Spain shortly before a trial.
LAP OF LUXURY: The Brazilian property portfolio forming part of Spanish cops’ probe into Christy Kinahan’s empire
After their arrests last week police said the gang owned property worth €500m in Brazil and €160m in Spain. And Spanish interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said they were being investigated over a number of murders.
Police believe the gang may have been behind a string of unsolved murders on the Costa del Sol. Detectives are probing the killings of Paddy Doyle, John McKeown and the shooting of Peter 'Fatso' Mitchell, according to sources.
On Friday Kinahan's right-hand man John Cunningham (58) from Ballyfermot, appeared in the court with a bruised eye and cut on his cheek.
He was expected to be taken by the Civil Guard police force to Alhaurin de la Torre prison yesterday morning where he will be held on remand while the investigation continues for up to three years.
Yesterday was the last act in a dramatic five days which saw Ireland's top drug-dealing gang smashed to pieces.
Kinahan was the supply chain to mobs including the McCarthy Dundons, Fat Freddie Thompson's gang and the outfit controlled by murdered mobster Eamon Dunne.
He had set him self up as a money launderer and wholesale drugs and arms supplier to mobs including Irish, British, Russian, Turkish and Moroccan mafia gangs.
Police in Malaga told the Sunday World that it was very unlikely Kinahan would be freed and would face three years in jail before the case is finished. Kinihan and Cunningham face a 35-year sentence if convicted under Spanish law.
The resorts linked to Kinahan in Brazil will form the centre of the massive money laundering probe.
The lavish resorts include Malibu Golf Suites which boasts that it is designing an 84-apartment resort located in Uruau which 'sits between two small fishing hamlets on a wide expanse of beachside land dotted with palm groves and small lakes'.
Nearby Taiba Sands is a 'high specification' development' which Green Land Securities says will soon be released to the market.