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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Boy caught hiding €125k drug haul in his parents' house

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy linked to a major Dublin gang has been caught with €125,000 worth of drugs at his family home -- including crack cocaine.

The youngster was found with the drugs by gardai targetting Clondalkin's biggest drug gang, who have taken over in the area from 'Champagne Killer' Karl Breen's outfit.

Detectives from Clondalkin Garda Station made the seizure after raiding the boy's family home in the Lindisfarne area of west Dublin last weekend.

Officers seized a variety of drugs with an estimated street value of €125,000 including crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine.

Sources said the boy was storing the drugs "under the nose" of his unsuspecting parents who are said to be devastated by the disturbing turn of events.

A source told the Herald: "This is the way things have gone. It's genuinely shocking. Youngsters, children basically, are being asked to hold crack cocaine for these gangs. This kid was one of the youngest ever arrested in possession of crack cocaine."

The teenager has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Senior sources say that the drugs were being held for a violent gang who have emerged as one of the main drug suppliers in north Dublin.

This gang is made up of members from two Clondalkin families who have been involved in gangland crime for years.

They were involved in a bitter turf war with the rival mob known as the 'Infamous D-22' gang which was controlled by jailed crime lord Karl Breen.

Sources say they now have the upper hand in that turf war and have emerged as the main suppliers of hard drugs in the Clondalkin area.



RUTHLESS

The source added: "They are an extremely ruthless grouping of criminals who think nothing of getting children to do their dirty work for them.

"The 14-year-old arrested with the drugs at the weekend is just one of several children who are being used by this gang. It's a very sad situation really.

"These vulnerable young fellas look up to these older thugs but in the long run all they can offer them is a life of misery."

The mob are linked to veteran armed robber Thomas Freeman (55), who is currently serving a 12-year-sentence for his role in a tiger kidnapping in Galway.

Two of its most senior members are young brothers from the Kilmahuddrick area of Clondalkin who have convictions for bank robbery, serious assault and knife crime.

Gardai are particularly concerned about the discovery of crack cocaine in last weekend's bust.

Crack cocaine is still relatively rare in Ireland but the highly addictive drug is blamed for destroying inner city areas in the United States and Britain.

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