Friday 22 March 2019

Seized: five sawn-off shotguns, crossbow, drugs and ammo linked to feuding gangs

Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Garda searches in west Dublin uncovered five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb). Photo: An Garda Siochána
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Gardaí have recovered an arsenal of weapons including five sawn-off shotguns and a crossbow following a spate of shootings in west Dublin this week.

Local garda officers, backed up by armed officers and the army, searched a number of properties in the Corduff area of Blanchardstown over the last three days.

In total five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow and a quantity of cannabis herb were seized, with the firearms due to be examined by gardai.

It is understood the weapons are linked to separate feuding gangs operating in the area.

The operation followed four firearms incidents in Corduff this week, which saw two homes shot up after a shotgun was discharged and a group chased with an armed thug.

The drama started at around 5pm on Tuesday when a young man discharged a shot into the air in the Corduff Grove estate. This provoked a reaction from a group of young men standing less than 30 yards away.

Gardai believe the same gang who fired the shot in Corduff Grove are suspected of being behind a similar incident in nearby Sheephill Avenue at around 8pm. The third incident saw two shots fired into the door of a house in Corduff Avenue at around 10.15pm.

Three hours later, another house in the adjoining Corduff Place estate was targeted with a shotgun, when at least four shots were fired at the house.

Sources said the escalation is part of an ongoing dispute between criminals in the area who were once associates.

A garda spokesman said that the searches are part of an investigation into “street level drug dealing gangs”.

“On the 13th , 14th and 15th of February gardaí from Blanchardstown supported by The Divisional search team, the Garda Dog Unit, Armed Support Unit and with the assistance of the Irish Defence Forces  today, conducted searches in a number of areas in Corduff . 

“During the course of the searches five sawn-off shotguns, ammunition, a crossbow, and a quantity of controlled drugs (cannabis herb) have been seized. The firearms will be examined by the Garda Technical Bureau.

“There are no arrests at this time and investigations are ongoing,” the spokesman said.

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