Thursday 22 March 2018

Hutch-linked girl held after garda gun and cocaine raid

The ammunition found during a garda search in Dublin
The ammunition found during a garda search in Dublin

A teenage girl with links to the Hutch gang is one of two suspects being questioned by gardai after a revolver, a number of rounds of ammunition and drugs were discovered in the north inner city.

Officers from the Drugs Unit, at Store Street Garda Station, carried out a search at a house on Sheriff Street, just after 3.30pm yesterday.

There they discovered the firearm and bullets, along with €800 worth of cocaine.

A man in his late teens and a 17-year-old girl were arrested at the scene.


A source said the girl was the main target of the garda operation.

She was identified as part of the investigation into the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud currently playing out in the capital.

She is understood to have connections with the Hutch gang.

Both suspects were taken to Store Street Garda Station where officers were last night questioning them about the discovery.

They were arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Gardai believe the firearm was being held by the girl on "behalf of a low-level street drug dealer" from the locality.

"The arrested woman does have links to individuals involved in the feud," a source said last night.

"This was a planned raid by gardai who were acting on reliable intelligence," the source added.

Gardai released images of the revolver and five rounds of ammunition.

"It's another gun off the streets and every gun taken could mean a life saved," said another source.

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