Monday 16 September 2019

Three held as gardai seize €40k cash from gang linked to Little

Sean Little (22), who had close ties to crime gangs, was lured to his death and shot multiple times in the head
Sean Little (22), who had close ties to crime gangs, was lured to his death and shot multiple times in the head

Gardai have seized almost €40,000 in cash in a planned raid on associates of murdered drug dealer Sean Little.

It was part of a major money-laundering investigation.

Detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) made the seizure when they raided a property in the Castletimon Drive area of Kilmore on the capital's northside.

Three men were arrested, including the 18-year-old who was the primary target of the raid, as well as a 34-year-old close relative and another 35-year-old local man.

The trio were brought to Ballymun and Coolock garda stations, where they were questioned for a number of hours before being released without charge on Saturday night.

A file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.

Feuds

Detectives from a number of garda units have been carrying out detailed operations in the locality during the summer months as a number of feuds in the area threaten to spiral out of control.

Little (22), who had close links with various gangland criminals, was lured to Walshestown Road, Balbriggan, where he was murdered late on the night of May 21.

He was blasted multiple times in the head.

His close associates continue to be a significant target for gardai and some have close links to notorious north inner city gangster Christy Griffin, who is living in the Swords area.

A senior source told the Herald last night that gardai are satisfied that the seized cash is the proceeds of organised crime.

"Little's associates are an organised criminal gang who are heavily involved in drug dealing as well as plots to kill their rivals," the source said.

"The cash seizure happened as part of a surveillance operation into this gang."

None of the three arrested men has previous serious criminal convictions.

Tensions remain high in the locality but there have been no murders since Iranian asylum seeker and gang associate Hamid Sanambar (42) was blasted to death on May 28.

He was shot dead outside Little's family home in Kilmore in a revenge attack after the victim was suspected of luring Little to his death. In June, the Herald revealed that innocent members of Little's family have been subjected to vicious hate mail.

One of many letters allegedly sent to Little's heartbroken family, contained the words "the maggots are eating scumbag Sean".

Among the vicious taunts in the letter were jibes including "he is no loss, good riddance to the drug pusher" and "what about the families he destroyed to make money?".

He was also labelled a "drug pushing little b*****d" and a "scumbag" in the letter.

There have been a number of serious incidents and botched hits, but an arson attack that happened at nearby Cromcastle Court at 7am on Friday is not being treated as part of the sinister gang warfare.

Firearms

An apartment in the complex was gutted in the incident but no one was injured in the property, which is occupied by a woman in her 30s.

The same property was also targeted on Sunday, August 11, when an accelerant was poured on a window.

Apart from Saturday's cash seizure, the last major garda development in the feud happened late last month when two men were quizzed after a car was searched and two firearms recovered.

Gardai believe they foiled a "potential hit" following the surveillance operation that led to the arrest of a mobster.

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