Notorious criminal Dundon held by gardai after high-speed chase
Criminal Ger Dundon is being questioned by gardaí after officers were involved in a high-speed chase in Limerick.
Gardaí had chased a high-powered Audi car from the Ballyclough, Ballysheedy, area to Father Russell Road in Limerick city at around 11.45am.
Three men were travelling in the vehicle when it eventually "lost control and crashed into a wall", according to a source.
Dundon (30) and two other men in their 30s are being questioned at garda stations in the city about ongoing organised crime in Limerick city and county.
Dundon was released early from prison in 2014 having been jailed in 2011 for five years for violent disorder as part of an extortion racket from former Limerick nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan in 2010.
Since his release from prison Dundon has spent most of his time in England with members of his extended family.
As part of the same operation targeting organised crime a gun was found at the rear of a flat at Main Street, Bruff, Co Limerick, around 34km from Limerick city.
The gun was discovered in wrapping.
The weapon was put into a Garda evidence bag at the scene and was taken by gardaí to Limerick city from where it will be transported to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for forensic testing.
Gardaí searched the flat in question as well as the surrounding areas for several hours.
Plainclothes detectives and local uniformed gardaí were backed up by an armed support unit.
The officers did not draw their weapons but carried out searches of the flat's interior and a rear garden.
They maintained a presence in the normally quiet town for most of the day.
Chief Superintendent David Sheahan described the seizure of the gun and the arrest of the three suspects as "very welcome".
In targeting organised crime, he said, gardaí "always need to be vigilant".
"We will continue to monitor people in respect of their movements and activities," he added.
Gardaí have been "monitoring" the men's movements for a number of months, sources said.
"Gardaí from the Limerick Division have carried out an operation targeting organised crime in Limerick city and county today," a Garda spokesperson said.