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Thursday 8 December 2016

€83k in drugs and cash seized as gardai carry out Kinahan raids

Murder victim David Byrne
Murder victim David Byrne

Armed gardai yesterday raided a number of homes linked to the Kinahan cartel's street-level drug dealers.

Nine properties on both sides of the city were targeted in dawn raids by armed officers.

Cocaine and heroin worth €65,000 was seized, as well as €18,000 in cash. Two men were arrested in the Walkinstown and the Coombe area of the city's south inner city.

The two men being questioned last night are suspected of being "prolific street dealers and drug users".

The cash was seized at a property on the North Circular Road, but no arrests were made.

"This was an operation targeting the lower echelons of the cartel - and there will be more of this to come," a senior source told the Herald.

Attack

"This is all about showing this gang that the gardai are on top of them, that life is going to be very uncomfortable for them from now on."

It is understood that one of the arrested men has close links to David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel gun attack in February. However, the arrested man is not a senior figure within the cartel.

Yesterday's operation follows high-profile raids last month that saw more senior members of the mob targeted.

In one of these operations - on March 10 - up to 80 gardai were involved in searching 10 homes in Dublin's south inner city, Inchicore and one property in the north inner city.

Tracking

More than €50,000 was seized, as well as five GPS tracking devices.

Over €20,000 worth of jewellery and a large amount of financial documentation were also seized.

Two days before that, gardai launched their biggest operation against the cartel. That saw them seize around €100,000 in cash and jewellery and around €1m worth of property.

A total of 29 cars and jeeps, as well as six motorbikes, were seized when gardai raided 12 homes and six businesses on March 8.

Garda operations against the Kinahan cartel have stepped up after the murderous feud broke out between its members and the Hutch mob.

Since David Byrne's murder in the Regency Hotel attack, two associates of the Hutch mob have been shot dead and tensions remain high.

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