Saturday 1 October 2016

Two held in guns seizure are linked to top criminal

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

Daniel Kinahan, who is linked to the Kinahan gang
Daniel Kinahan, who is linked to the Kinahan gang

Close associates of a man suspected of involvement in a number of feud-related murders were last night being questioned in relation to the seizure of an 'assassination kit' in the capital.

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The two criminals were arrested and detained by detectives from Finglas garda station on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

One of the men, aged 26, is being questioned about the unlawful possession of a firearm, while the second, who is 31, was arrested for withholding information.

Officers recovered a Nissan Pulsar on Saturday afternoon in Casement Park.

In the vehicle were two handguns, a quantity of ammunition and a canister of fuel.

Both of the men being detained are from Dublin's north inner city and are known to gardaí.

They are closely linked to a man who has been linked to a number of feud- related murders.

The serious criminal has come to the attention of gardaí over the last number of years for crimes including drug-related offences and assaulting gardaí.

However, gardaí were considerably surprised when it emerged that he had progressed so far in the Kinahan cartel.

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It had previously been reported that members of a gang from the Crumlin area, which specialises in stealing high-powered vehicles, were the chief suspects in the theft of the Nissan Pulsar recovered in Finglas.

The car was stolen from the Donaghmede area of the capital almost three weeks ago.

This Crumlin-based gang is led by a 29-year-old criminal who has survived at least three attempts on his life in the past two years.

Detectives have established that he works closely with two other criminals.

The three are among the top targets for the Garda's Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit.

They have also been investigated as part of Operation Creeper, which targeted Dublin's burglary gangs.

Gardaí have estimated that the gang are stealing up to three cars every week from across the capital, as well as from rural locations.

The 29-year-old mobster who is the perceived leader of the gang is considered a main player in the 'fishing' burglary gangs, which have been using fishing rods and other implements to snatch car keys through letterboxes and then steal vehicles.

However, it is believed that he has become a gangland target because of his involvement in drugs.

Last month, gardaí arrested a gunman in the Crumlin area who it is believed was on his way to murder the man at his apartment complex.

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