A prolific street-level drug dealing operation led by junior members of the Kinahan cartel has been dealt a major blow after their HQ was demolished by Dublin City Council.
Gardai were present when a number of sheds and stables in the Molyneux Yard area of the Liberties were torn down last week.
"This had been their operational hub for over four years at this stage and the criminals are not one bit happy about it," a senior source told the Herald.
"This was where they hid their stash and distributed the drugs to other dealers, as well as hosting meetings.
"It had been raided by gardai on a number of occasions. It is now going to be developed as a commercial site."
Last month, the Herald revealed that there had been a recent "drugs drought" in many Dublin suburbs because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This had led to many drug addicts who source illegal drugs in their own areas to travel into the south inner city to source drugs. The Kinahan-linked gang was making a fortune from drug dealing.
Due to the huge numbers travelling into this area, a special "robust" policing plan was set up by Kevin Street gardai.
Detectives have been monitoring the activities of the ruthless thugs behind the drugs network.
These include an out-of-control teenager with very close links to Liam Brannigan (37), who was jailed for eight years last month for conspiring with Kinahan cartel murder plotters to assassinate Dublin man Gary Hanley.
Another criminal heavily involved in the south inner city dealing network is a 29-year-old "thug and enforcer" who was arrested after officers recovered two handguns and ammunition in a raid on a south inner-city apartment last February.
Gardai have been involved in an investigation in relation to the gang after a number of people who owed them drugs cash were brutally assaulted last year in separate incidents, including a savage knife attack on one young man.