Gardai seize machine gun and €400k of drugs in raid on Kinahan cartel
Published 23/08/2016 | 11:01
Gardai have seized a machine gun, ammunition and a massive haul of cocaine as part of a planned operation targeting the Kinahan cartel.
It is not known if the sub machine gun has been used in any way in the ongoing feud that has so far claimed 10 lives but it was recovered in what sources have described as “a major distribution house” for the gang.
The seizure was made yesterday evening when armed detectives raided an apartment in the Castleknock area of west Dublin.
It is understood the estimated street value of the six kilos of cocaine that were seized is over €400,000.
A 37-year-old man, considered to be connected to senior cartel figures, was arrested at the scene and he was being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda Station last night.
The massive bust, which is being described as “highly significant”, followed a surveillance operation by specialist gardai.
Sources said that officers were carrying out at least one other operation last night in the capital’s north inner city as part of the same investigation.
However, no arrests were made in this operation.
Mixing agent was also seized at the Castleknock apartment in the raid, which was led by the gardai’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. The seizure is the latest development since the shooting of innocent dad Trevor O’Neill in Spain last week, who was killed in a case of mistaken identity by the cartel.
It is believed that Jonathan Hutch was the intended target of the botched hit.
The brother of slain Gareth Hutch was hiding out in Majorca and has since returned to Ireland, where he continues to keep a low profile on foot of the threat on his life from the rival gang. Meanwhile, the feud has caused garda overtime costs to soar in the capital.
New figures show that the garda overtime bill in Dublin spiked by 62pc, or €7 million, to €18.47m for the first six months of this year. According to figures released by An Garda Siochana in response to a Freedom
of Information request, the total overtime spend across the country increased by 47.6pc, going from €20m to €29.58m between January of June of this year.
The main driver behind the massive increase in overtime spending is the extra resources that the gardai have deployed in Dublin to combat the onslaught by the Kinahan gang on persons connected with the Hutch family.
Dublin has accounted for 73pc of the €9.5m increase in overtime payments for six months of this year.