Heroin worth €150,000 seized in garda raids on Rattigan pals
Gardai have seized €150,000 worth of heroin from a Dublin mob who are closely linked to gangland killer Brian Rattigan.
In a planned operation yesterday, armed officers searched six properties in the south inner city and made the seizure of one kilo of heroin in James Street.
A well-known 26-year-old criminal from the Basin Street area and a 54-year-old woman from the Pearse Street flats were arrested and were being questioned last night at Kevin Street and Kilmainham Garda Stations.
It is suspected that the heroin was about to be "bagged" into smaller quantities for lower level drug dealers when officers pounced and seized the drugs.
The arrested male is extremely well known to gardai and he has served jail time for violent disorder and other crimes.
He has been involved in a localised feud in the south inner city for a number of years.
The arrested woman is also known to gardai for her association with organised criminals.
Sources say that the mob linked to Brian Rattigan continue to be one of the capital's most dangerous criminal groupings.
Rattigan (35) is one of Ireland's most notorious criminals and is serving a life sentence for the 2001 murder that started the bloody Crumlin/Drimnagh feud which claimed up to 15 lives.
Drug dealer Declan Gavin, who was the first fatality of the feud, was labelled a 'rat' before Rattigan stabbed him to death at an Abrakebabra fast-food outlet on the Crumlin Road on August 25, 2001.
Rattigan, who became the first drug dealer to be found guilty of charges connected to directing the supply of drugs while in prison, was also jailed for 17 years by the Special Criminal Court in March, 2013.
It has long been suspected that he still continues to exert major influence on the Dublin crime scene from his cell in Portlaoise.
The same mob who were targeted in yesterday's raids are suspects in the gruesome murder of south inner city criminal Philip Finnegan last month whose body was found in remote woodland near Carbury in Co Kildare on September 2.
However, neither of the duo arrested yesterday are suspected of involvement in that murder.
Sources described yesterday's bust as "significant".
"As part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of an organised crime gang, gardai from Kevin Street and Kilmainham Detective Units assisted by gardai from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau stopped and searched a male and female on James's Street," a garda spokesman said.
"During the course of the search gardai discovered a kilo of heroin with an approximate street value of €150,000," the spokesman added.