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Sunday 23 April 2017

Kinahan gangster one of four arrested over botched pub shooting

Gareth Chubb at a gun range in Prague
Gareth Chubb at a gun range in Prague
Dutch police at the scene of the botched shooting
Gareth Chubb

An associate of the Kinahan cartel was last night being questioned by Dutch police in relation to a botched shooting in an Amsterdam pub.

Gareth Chubb (30), originally from Keeper Road in Drimnagh, was arrested when Dutch police raided a club in Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam, at 8.45pm on Sunday.

Armed police officers seized three firearms, including the weapon that is believed to have been used in the attempted shooting, after storming a premises.

Four men - including Chubb, another Dublin man aged 23, and two UK nationals aged 29 and 37 - were arrested.

It is not believed that the incident is linked to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud.

Chubb, a convicted drug dealer, was arrested along with a "low-level" associate from Inchicore, Dublin.

The home of the Inchicore man had previously been raided as part of an investigation into low-level and mid-level cartel members.

Threatened

Amsterdam authorities said that a man approached a police unit on patrol in the area and said he had been threatened with a gun.

"The person who had threatened him then went into a catering business on the square," a police spokesman said.

Police said the gunman appeared to have attempted to shoot another customer, but his weapon jammed. The intended target has not yet been identified.

Armed reinforcements were called to the scene and the complainant identified the man who allegedly threatened him, pointing him out as he was entering a bar on Rembrandt Square. When police then entered the bar, they found that person with three others and arrested the four men.

During a search, three firearms were recovered.

All four men were last night being questioned in relation to the firearms recovery and the threat to kill. Gardai are assisting the Dutch police with their inquiries.

Chubb - a convicted cocaine dealer - is considered by gardai to be a high-level member of the Kinahan cartel's Irish operation and is currently the subject of a number of garda investigations.

Much of the ongoing investigation into the Drimnagh man centres around his finances, with the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and Divisional Assets Profilers currently targeting Chubb.

Funeral

He is also being investigated by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

He is a close associate of gangster Liam Byrne (36), the brother of Regency Hotel shooting victim David Byrne, who was killed just over a year ago, on February 5, 2016.

Chubb was present at a function in the Belgard Inn following the funeral of the murdered man.

Chubb currently resides in a number of different properties in Dublin and abroad.

Sunday's incident in Amsterdam occurred on the first anniversary of the Regency Hotel shooting, in which David Byrne (33) was murdered.

Dozens of mourners attended a memorial service at his graveside in Mount Jerome Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, including his brother Liam and his father James 'Jaws' Byrne (69).

Also in attendance was Sean McGovern (30), who was injured during the Regency Hotel shooting.

A covert garda operation was put in place early on Sunday, which included security sweeps - involving specially trained sniffer dogs - being carried out at the cemetery.

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