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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Three quizzed and €4k seized as armed gardai bust pal of 'Mr Flashy'

Footage shows members of the garda Special Crime Task Force detaining the men in an operation in west Dublin
Footage shows members of the garda Special Crime Task Force detaining the men in an operation in west Dublin

This is the moment armed detectives swooped on three Dublin men as part of a garda operation in the capital.

The cash bust, involving elite members of the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF), was carried out in west Dublin on Tuesday night.

Three men were detained and searched by detectives, and gardai recovered around €4,000 from one of them.

Video

One of the men was later brought to Clondalkin Garda Station, where he was questioned in relation to the cash seizure.

The operation was carried out off the N4 dual carriageway at Clondalkin.

The Herald has learned that one of the men is a close associate of a Finglas cartel mobster known as 'Mr Flashy', and was previously investigated after a video of him carrying out an assault in a car went viral.

This criminal, aged in his early 30s, has also been targeted as part of a Finglas feud during which his house was shot up.

On that occasion, a six-year-old child had a lucky escape after gunmen burst into the west Dublin home and fired three shots indiscriminately in the house.

The other man arrested with the cash this week, originally from the Clondalkin area, is understood to be the same individual who recorded the sickening footage of the car assault.

A third man from the Blanchardstown area was also arrested this week during the cash seizure.

Dramatic footage of the arrest shows detectives grappling with the men and ordering them onto the ground during the planned operation.

A source said that the operation was part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime in the capital.

The Herald previously revealed how two of the men targeted in Tuesday's operation were at the centre of a garda probe after video of the car assault went viral.

Officers were investigating whether the assault was carried out over a €140,000 debt.

During the minute-long clip, the man is struck a total of 25 times in the head and body, including being struck in the face with a knee.

The footage, circulated on social media, shows one thug repeatedly punch and kick the victim in the head and body while threatening him over the alleged debt.

Smirking

As the attack is carried out, the man taking the video can be seen smirking while sitting in the passenger seat of the car.

During the clip, which lasts just under one minute, the victim is asked "where's the money? Get the f**king [money] sorted, man", before being struck in the head repeatedly.

"One hundred and forty grand, 140 f**king grand. How did you lose that?" he added.

Tuesday night's operation was carried out by the SCTF, a unit set up more than two years ago following the outbreak of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

As well as being made up of several sergeants and detectives, the specialist unit includes several asset profilers who liaise with the Criminal Assets Bureau.

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