Sunday 24 September 2017

'We've saved 25 lives by disrupting cartel feud' - Commissioner says operations against Hutch-Kinahan gangs are working

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

Robin Schiller

Gardai investigating the crime gangs involved in the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud saved 25 lives through "disruptive operations", the country's most senior officer has claimed.

Detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) have also seized €90m of drugs in the last two years, as well as 2,500 rounds of ammunition as they combat the "intensive" feuding gangs, who have carried out 11 fatal shootings so far.

The figures were revealed by Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the annual Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) conference in Killarney.

"The National Protective Services Bureau are making sure our drugs and organised crime bureaux were amalgamated, which is something Garda inspectorate had recommended.

"I don't think we should underestimate, we certainly don't underestimate the work it takes the men and women of AGSI to enable and to make sure that those things happen."

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