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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gardai seize loaded gun from 'Nellie' feud mob

The machine gun seized
The machine gun seized

A loaded machine gun belonging to associates of jailed gangster James 'Nellie' Walsh has been seized during an armed raid in west Dublin.

Detectives from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) found the high-velocity firearm during a search of a property in Balgaddy, Lucan, yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old male, who is known to gardai and suspected of being a low-level drug dealer in the locality, was arrested and is currently being held at Ronanstown Garda Station.

The Herald has learned that the PM-63 RAK was found buried in the back garden of a neighbouring home of the man arrested.

Feud

An additional clip of ammunition was also recovered during the raid. Detectives believe that the firearm is linked to the gang led by jailed criminal 'Nellie' Walsh, involved in a deadly west Dublin feud, which has so far claimed four lives.

The most recent murders were carried out last September when two pals - Darragh Nugent (36) and John Gibson (28) - were shot dead a week apart by the Clondalkin mob feuding with 'Nellie'.

A garda spokesman said: "As part of ongoing investigations targeting serious criminal activity in the Dublin Region being conducted by the DOCB supported by the Special Crime Task Force, a targeted search operation occurred in the Balgaddy area of Lucan, Co Dublin, on the evening of January 21."

Among the four lives claimed in the Clondalkin feud is an innocent 23-year-old man shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.

Dean Johnson was gunned down during an attack in which 'Nellie' Walsh was the intended target.

Last week, the Herald revealed how a Clondalkin drug trafficking gang, supported by the Kinahan cartel and led by a local "pillar of the community", were at war with 'Nellie' Walsh's mob.

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