Gangster's arms stash seized as gardai raid shed
Published 23/09/2010 | 05:00
A deadly arms haul belonging to the notorious leader of one of the gangs involved in the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud has been seized by gardai.
The cache, which was discovered in a series of searches, included four Ingram 9mm rapid firing machine guns. Also in the haul were four silencers, four loaded magazines and another bag of ammunition, making a total of over 300 bullets.
Detectives from Kevin Street and Pearse Street garda stations found the guns yesterday evening when they swooped on a shed at Damastown industrial estate in Mulhuddart in west Dublin.
The searches were carried out following intelligence indicating that the gang was building up an arsenal in preparation for a major attack on a rival gang, though gardai said last night that it was not clear if the planned incident was linked to the feud.
The gang leader, whose associates have been blamed for several murders, mainly in the south city, has been moving his base between here and mainland Europe over the past year.
He had been operating from Spain but moved to the Netherlands in recent months following a crackdown on Irish criminals on the Costa del Sol.
Gardai were aware that the leader and some of his closest associates had been moving more regularly between the Netherlands and here in recent weeks and suspected that weapons were being moved around.
Since the leader of the rival gang in the feud was jailed and many of his gang members killed, the ongoing row between the two factions has eased, but officers are concerned that some of the main players have become active again since the summer.
Heavily armed members of the emergency response unit backed up detectives during yesterday's raids.
A man in his mid 30s and from the North Circular Road area of the city was arrested at the industrial estate and was last night being questioned by gardai at Kevin Street.
He was being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and can be held by gardai without charge for up to three days.
Gardai have not yet established how long the Ingram machine guns had been in the country. They are likely to have been supplied to the gang as "sweeteners" with drug shipments.
Earlier this year, gardai found a rocket with a big drugs shipment in a large shed off the Clane to Barberstown road in north Kildare.