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Monday 22 May 2017

'Glamorous' ex of cartel thug busted with gun and drugs

The gun seized by gardai
The gun seized by gardai

This is the revolver gardai seized when they raided a house in the Ringsend area of Dublin in an operation that also saw €4,500 of heroin seized.

A 37-year-old woman remained in custody at Store Street Garda Station last night after her arrest on Thursday afternoon.

She was previously in a relationship with a key member of the Kinahan cartel, who is now in jail.

Described as "very glamorous", the woman has had a number of relationships with violent gangsters over the years.

Threat

Last summer, she was warned by detectives about an active threat against her life, which was believed to have come from the rival Hutch mob.

Before he was locked up, the Kinahan mobster was regularly spotted at the woman's flat in Dublin 4.

It is understood that he has since threatened another criminal who he suspects wants to be in a relationship with the woman.

The arrested woman is originally from Crumlin, but has been living in Ringsend in recent years.

She has a tragic past and has been the victim of a number of extremely violent incidents.

More than 50 women linked to the dangerous Hutch and Kinahan mobs involved in the bloody feud have been warned their lives could be under threat.

Thirty of these women are linked to the gang associated with feud victims Gary Hutch and his uncle, Eddie Hutch Snr.

The age profiles of the women range from girls in their mid-teens to great-grandmothers in their 70s.

Thursday's raid was carried out as part of the garda investigation codenamed Operation Spire.

It was set up in 2014 to target drug-dealing in Dublin city centre, with a primary focus on O'Connell Street and the streets around it.

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