Ratt gang's top secret car park meeting
DETECTIVES fear new links have been formed between two notorious Dublin drugs gangs. Gardai are now on alert after a key member of the ‘King Ratt’ gang from Drimnagh was spotted in a covert meeting with two feared criminals from Finglas.
The Herald has learned that the late-night meeting took place in the deserted car park of a Finglas supermarket. The three men were arrested, searched and questioned but were later released without charge. A source explained: "We don’t know what this meeting was about – but we are sure that these individuals were up to no good. "They were arrested and searched but nothing of any value was found on them."
"It is very worrying to think that these criminals from different gangs are linking up with each other," added the source.
"Until last week's arrests, no one knew about this link."
Sources say it was unusual for the 'King Ratt' gangster to be spotted so far from his base in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area even though he lives in Lucan.
His gang has been involved in a bitter drugs warfare in the south of the city.
'King Ratt' himself is serving a life sentence at Portlaoise Prison for the murder of a rival that started the bitter Crumlin/Drimnagh feud.
The Herald understands that the 'King Ratt' gangster at the car park meeting is a close associate of 'King Ratt's right-hand-man Shane Maloney (30), of Drimnagh Road, Drimnagh.
Maloney is currently serving 10 years after being caught with a huge heroin haul in Palmerstown in August 2008.
He refused to give gardai any details about the heroin, valued at more than €1m, that was found in his car after a surveillance operation by the Organised Crime Unit.
Sources believe that the Drimnagh man arrested in Finglas is still in regular contact with Maloney.
The other two men arrested in the Finglas garda swoop are considered extremely serious criminals.
One is a major league drug dealer who has been making "major shapes" in the local gangland scene since being recently released from prison.
The other Finglas man was closely linked to gun-for-hire Daniel Gaynor (25), who was shot dead in front of his children last summer.
Gaynor was the chief suspect for three gang-related murders and also had convictions for witness intimidation and drugs offences.