Gardai arrest thug in Hutch murder raids
A gangland criminal with close links to the Kinahan cartel was arrested yesterday by gardai carrying out searches in relation to the Eddie Hutch murder.
Officers from Mountjoy Garda Station raided three homes in the Finglas area early yesterday morning as part of their detailed probe into the feud murder of Hutch (58).
In the course of one of these raids, sources said that one of the country's most volatile gangland criminals became "extremely agitated" and was arrested for obstructing gardai during the search.
The 35-year-old, who was warned about an active threat against his life after the murder of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's older brother, has close links to the Kinahan cartel.
He was released from garda custody after being detained for a number of hours yesterday and is expected to appear in court at a later date.
He is classified as one of the country's most dangerous criminals, and is understood to have acted as a bodyguard for a senior cartel figure during the Christmas period.
Yesterday's raids were among the first to happen by gardai investigating the brutal murder of Hutch. No suspects have yet been arrested in relation to the murder, which was carried out by a four-man hit-team who were driven away by a fifth man.
Hutch was shot dead at his home in Dublin's north inner city on the night of February 8 last. The four-man hit team, who burst into Hutch's home at Poplar Row, later escaped in a silver 06 BMW car.
Earlier this month, it emerged that the four killers ran from the BMW to a Toyota Landcruiser, which had no back seats, and all the suspects lay down in the back of the vehicle after they jumped into it.
None of the criminals had their faces covered when they jumped into the Landcruiser, which then sped away.
His killing was seen as a revenge attack for the Regency Hotel shooting in which gangster David Byrne was assassinated and two of his pals injured.
The Herald previously revealed that gardai have been probing whether the same gangsters who murdered Hutch were involved in last week's fatal shooting of Gerry Hutch's best pal Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan.