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Thursday 22 August 2019

17 arrests as gardai hit burglary suspects and dealers in day of action

In a separate raid earlier this week, armed gardai searched a Garristown property linked to cartel member Ross Browning
In a separate raid earlier this week, armed gardai searched a Garristown property linked to cartel member Ross Browning

Gardai in Dublin have carried out a significant crackdown on burglary suspects and drug dealers across the city's southside.

On Thursday, officers from Tallaght Garda Station carried out a "day of action", which resulted in 17 people being arrested.

Searches as part of a suspected money laundering probe were also carried out in a part of South Dublin, while suspects were detained for a wide range of crimes.

Searched

Gardai said that the purpose of the operation was to "target persons" with outstanding warrants issued by the courts.

These offences relate to drugs, burglary, theft and road traffic as well as public order offences.

In addition to the 17 arrested, more will be dealt with in the coming weeks.

A residential property in Saggart was also searched as part of a money laundering investigation.

Two cars, a Mercedes C Class and a BMW 3 Series with a value of around €60,000, were seized during the operation.

No arrests were made during that phase of the operation and a garda spokesman said that investigations were ongoing.

The operation was led by gardai from Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations.

In a separate operation this week, armed gardai have carried out a major firearms raid against a close associate of the Kinahan cartel.

More than a dozen officers, including members of specialist garda units, were involved in the detailed search in north Dublin.

The home of Ross Browning (35) - a key member of the Kinahan cartel - was searched for a number of hours on Tuesday.

The Garristown property was searched as part of a major operation after local detectives received information that firearms could potentially be at the location.

However, no weapons were recovered during the search, which lasted for a number of hours. No arrests were made.

Target

Sources said documentation was seized in the latest raid and that this will be analysed by specialist officers.

Browning is a convicted armed robber and he was the primary target of CAB raids in February of last year in which 40 homes and businesses nationwide were targeted.

Browning was one of around 30 people arrested by police investigating Christy Kinahan's massive drug organisation in an international police investigation codenamed Operation Shovel in 2010.

He was released without charge after being questioned by Spanish police.

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