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Monday 20 August 2018

Gardai seize 10 cars worth €700k from 'the family' mob

Gardai were joined by officers from the CAB for operation. Photo: PA Wire
Gardai were joined by officers from the CAB for operation. Photo: PA Wire

Gardai have seized 10 high-end cars worth €700k in their latest operation against the drugs gang known as 'The Family'.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was involved in the dawn searches yesterday in which 10 high-end utility vehicles were seized, including eight Range Rovers and two BMWs.

"As part of an on-going investigation by the CAB into a suspected organised crime gang based in west Dublin, officers carried out a Customs Control visit at a motor dealership in the Killeen Road area, Fox and Geese," a garda spokesman said.

The leader of 'The Family' is a 40-year-old career criminal from Clondalkin.

He was previously jailed for six years for possession of almost €2m of heroin, following a massive investigation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB), as well as international police agencies.

Stronghold

Sources say that the mob's stronghold is located in the Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Tallaght areas and its speciality 'product' is heroin.

However, it has also made a serious push to move into the cocaine market in recent years.

It is understood that 'The Family' has been flooding Dublin with heroin and other drugs for almost two decades.

It has built up allegiances with a number of other dangerous drugs gangs, including two other mobs who operate in the Ballyfermot locality.

"This crew have continued to do their own thing despite being specifically targeted by gardai on numerous occasions in the past couple of years," a senior source said.

"As long as there is a demand for illicit drugs, this crew will continue to operate."

While cars were seized yesterday, in the recent past gardai have also taken firearms and drugs from the mob.

Operations

Sources say that 'The Family' has taken advantage of the garda heat on the drug operations of the Kinahan cartel as well as the Hutch mob.

However, 'The Family' mob is not directly involved in that deadly feud, which has claimed up to 18 lives.

In 2016, it emerged that 'The Family' gang had teamed up with a younger drugs mob whose base is mainly in Clondalkin and which is largely involved in cocaine distribution.

The younger gang, which has links to the Kinahan cartel, is suspected of carrying out two unsolved gruesome gun murders in the space of a number of days last year in Tallaght and Lucan.

'The Family' had previously been busted when one of its 'runners' was caught by officers in possession of heavy duty firearms. An extremely significant bust in February 2015 was also linked to the gang.

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