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The suspect was an associate of slain gangsters Richie
Carberry and Sean Dunne

The suspect was an associate of slain gangsters Richie Carberry and Sean Dunne

The suspect was an associate of slain gangsters Richie Carberry and Sean Dunne

Pressure is continuing to grow on one of Ireland's biggest drug dealers after gardai seized €50,000 in cash in a raid on his Co Meath home.

Officers from the Garda DMR North drugs unit carried out a "targeted search" of the crimelord's home earlier this month and seized the money, which was on the kitchen table, sources said.

Detectives this weekend are continuing their investigation into the dealer's trafficking network in north Dublin.

Murdered

"He clearly wasn't expecting visitors as the money was in plain sight and the gardai didn't have to do much looking around before they got it," a source said.

"This individual is a drugs trafficker on a massive scale, but even he will suffer because of the loss of this cash, which gardai suspect is ill-gotten gains. It was a good capture."

Detectives from the drugs unit are expected to mount "ongoing operations" against the target, who is a close associate of murdered criminal Sean Dunne.

The gangster, aged in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has barely any previous record, despite having been one of the main targets of the international police investigation codenamed Operation Majesty in September 2013.

Gardai released details at that time that €2.5m in cash and €2.5m worth of cannabis herb, along with firearms, ammunition, grenades and luxury cars, were seized in Ireland and across Europe.

The gang set up a massive criminal operation importing cannabis from the Netherlands via the postal system.

Operation Majesty was revealed after gardai targeted the gang boss in separate raids that led to the seizure of €4.4m worth of drugs and thousands of euro worth of contraband cigarettes.

Dunne was an armed robber and drug dealer who disappeared in Spain in 2004.

He is presumed to have been murdered.

At the time of his disappearance, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was seeking around €4m from him after assessing him for unpaid taxes on his income since the mid-1990s.

CAB identified 13 properties owned by him, as well as land in Co Meath.

Surveillance

The suspect from whom the €50,000 cash was seized was an associate of Richie Carberry, who was shot dead outside his home in Bettystown, Co Meath, last November.

Only weeks earlier, the pair were suspected of being part of an alliance of north city organised crime gangs who were left millions of euro out of pocket after a garda bust that was part of a major international surveillance operation.

Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €3.2m was seized.

It had been hidden in a legitimate load of fresh vegetables in Co Louth.