Sunday 4 December 2016

Gardai 'foil attempted hit' as two members of Kinahan cartel arrested with handgun and ammunition

Published 18/06/2016 | 16:25

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Gardai believe they foiled an attempted hit in Dublin this afternoon after arresting two associates of the Kinahan cartel with a handgun and ammunition.

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Members of the Emergency Response Unit and Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau stopped a car on the Naas Dual carriageway shortly before 3pm today.

A firearm and ammunition was recovered during a search of a car and a man in his 30s was arrested.

Shortly afterwards, a second car was stopped on the Long Mile Road, Dublin 12 and the driver - also aged in his 30s - was arrested.

Armed gardai moved in on the two suspects while the majority of the country were watching Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Belgium.

The two men are both known associates of gun victim David Byrne who was shot in the Regency Hotel last year.

Gardai believe they may have been on their way to carry out a hit as part of the Kinahan/Hutch feud.

Both are being detained under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended in Dublin Garda stations.

Investigations are on going.

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