Friday 21 October 2016

Guns and drugs seized as gardai arrest two in swoop on city gang

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Two men remained in garda custody last night after detectives seized three handguns and a large quantity of suspected cocaine.

The bust happened close to a pub in Finglas, north Dublin, yesterday when armed officers pounced on two suspects who were involved in what is described as a “handover”.

It is understood the duo, aged 44 and 46, had been under surveillance by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau for a number of weeks.

One of the men is from the Glenties area of Finglas while the other is from Birr, Co Offaly.

The Co Offaly man is understood to work in the transport business and neither man has serious previous convictions.

It is understood that the men had been working as “couriers” for a Dublin-based gang.

“It is typical for the major gangs to use individuals like this who were not previously well known to gardai,” a source said.

“While the handguns that were recovered were small, there was ammunition also seized with the weapons and of course these things are completely lethal,” the source added.

After the bust, a number of follow-up searches took place in the Finglas and Birr areas and the investigation was still described as “active” last night.

A garda spokesman revealed that the arrests were part of “an intelligence led operation”.

During the course of the search, gardai seized three firearms, ammunition and a quantity of powder-like substance and tablets which are all subject to analysis.

“Two males have been arrested and are currently detained at Finglas and Ballymun Garda Stations,” the spokesman said.

Sources say that gardai think it is unlikely that the weapons and drugs were destined for a 24-year-old Co Offaly-based criminal who was released from prison earlier this year and has been causing mayhem in the midlands over the last few months.

However, he could also not be ruled out of the investigation, a source said last night.

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