Saturday 1 October 2016

Gardaí raid 20 homes in Limerick gangs swoop

David Raleigh

Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30

Some 20 homes linked to gangland criminals were raided by 100 armed officers and unarmed uniformed gardaí. Stock picture
Some 20 homes linked to gangland criminals were raided by 100 armed officers and unarmed uniformed gardaí. Stock picture

Drug gangs in Limerick have been hit hard during a series of garda raids on the back of the seizure of €170,000 worth of illegal drugs.

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Some 20 homes linked to gangland criminals were raided by 100 armed officers and unarmed uniformed gardaí.

It follows a crackdown on the operations of the gangs in recent days, which saw gardaí seize an estimated €168,500 worth of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

Armed officers attached to the Garda Regional Support Unit swooped on the homes on the south and north of Limerick city around 7am yesterday.

The planned operation was targeting the activities of the Dundon/McCarthy and Keane/Collopy gangs.

One man in his 20s was detained by gardaí, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Gardaí also seized laptops, mobile phones and documents during the raids.

It comes after the recent arrest of a senior member of one of the gangs.

The "leading member" was recently released from prison and arrested again for alleged criminal offences.

He is described by gardaí as "extremely dangerous" and has previous convictions, including for possession of a loaded gun and ammunition.

Despite the jailing of senior players of the Dundon/McCarthy gang, and a garda crackdown on the Keane/Collopys' drug business, a younger generation of criminals, aligned to the rival factions, have now come on gardaí's radar.

Irish Independent

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