|A sophisticated drug trafficking operation between Ireland and Australia has been uncovered after a two-year transnational investigation into the Kinahan cartel. Four Irish nationals in Australia and New Zealand have been arrested.
The Kinahan cartel is known to have networks stretching around the world.|
|Gerry Hutch (aka the Monk) and Christy Kinahan.||Previous arrests in Perth, Darwin, Sydney and Christchurch have also been linked to the operation. Irish authorities have confirmed a number of those arrested have previously traveled to Australia, where the value of cocaine is four to five times that of Ireland.|
In 2016 the Kinahan cartel was at the center of a bloody feud with the rival Hutch gang in the heart of Dublin. At least a dozen have died.