Four in custody as 'guns for sale' racket targeted
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
FOUR suspects were in custody last night after a garda operation targeted a "guns for sale" racket.
Armed detectives arrested two women and a man when they raided an apartment in Premier Square in Finglas, Co Dublin, on Thursday night.
Gardai seized 600 rounds of assorted ammunition for use in four types of handgun, including a Glock, which is a favoured weapon in gangland shootings. A silencer for a Glock was also recovered in the home.
In a follow-up search yesterday, detectives raided a house in Cabra, Dublin, and detained the prime suspect, aged 29.
The main suspect and his associates are believed to have been running a black market business, selling firearms and ammunition to crime gangs based around Dublin.
The main suspect is not well-known to gardai and is described as operating "under the radar".
No guns were recovered during the searches but further inquiries are under way.
The raids, which were carried out by members of the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Organised Crime Unit, followed weeks of intelligence gathering.
The prime suspect, who was being held for questioning last night at Ballymun garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, can be held without charge for up to three days.
His girlfriend and the two other suspects, aged 27, 30 and 30, were being questioned at Finglas garda station.
Meanwhile, separate "search and disrupt" tactics against gangland figures continued to be used on the streets of the capital last night.
The Emergency Response Unit is being deployed in trouble spots across the city, and will be used to disrupt the movements of known criminals through checkpoints, while also monitoring their activities through covert surveillance.