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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Fears of new city feud after home shot up

Fears of new city feud after home shot up
Fears of new city feud after home shot up

There are fears of a new feud in Dublin after the front door of a house was blasted in a shotgun attack.

The incident happened at a property in Derry Road, Crumlin, late on Monday night, but it was not reported to gardai until 11.30am the following day.

Gardai have not received a complaint about the incident, but it has emerged that there were three occupants in the house at the time, including a 41-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man who have no involvement in crime.

Sources said officers are investigating whether a 21-year-old man was the intended target.

It is understood this man is in a "dispute" with a gang of thugs in the locality that has seen several violent incidents in the past few weeks.

In the latest incident, two derelict houses were burnt out in the Cashel Avenue area on Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old was previously targeted by gardai as part an undercover operation in Dublin in the summer of last year.

Undercover officers spent five months living near gang members and buying quantities of drugs in a successful bid to infiltrate the mob.

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Detectives from the National Drugs Unit and Crumlin Garda Station backed up by armed members of the Emergency Response Unit swooped on the suspects in raids and a number of people were charged with drug-dealing offences.

It has emerged that in a series of stings, the undercover gardai bought drugs from dealers by gaining their trust.

In April, the 21-year-old received a suspended jail sentence at Dublin District Court after admitting four separate charges of selling cannabis to gardai at his Crumlin home and also at Pearse Park in Crumlin between January and March last year.

He also received a suspended sentence when he appeared before Dublin Circuit Court for a violent disorder incident in which a garda officer was attacked by a gang of young thugs on September 19, 2010.

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