Tuesday 17 September 2019

€40,000 seized in raid on associates of murdered drug dealer

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Ken Foy

Gardaí have seized almost €40,000 in cash in a planned raid on associates of murdered drug dealer Sean Little as part of a major money laundering investigation.

Detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) made the seizure when they raided a property in the Kilmore area on the capital's northside.

Three men were arrested including the 18-year-old who was the primary target of the raid, as well as a 34-year-old close relative and another 35-year-old local man.

The trio were brought to Ballymun and Coolock garda stations where they were questioned for a number of hours before being released without charge on Saturday night. A file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP.

Detectives from a number of Garda units have been carrying out detailed operations in the locality this summer as a number of feuds threaten to spiral out of control.

Criminal Little (22) was lured to Walshestown Road, Balbriggan, where he was murdered late on the night of May 21. His close associates continue to be a significant target for gardaí and some have close links to notorious north inner city gangster Christy Griffin, who is living in the Swords area.

None of the three arrested men has previous serious criminal convictions.

Tensions remain high in the area but there have been no murders since Iranian asylum seeker and gang associate Hamid Sanambar (41) was shot dead outside Little's home in Kilmore at 3.30pm on Tuesday, May 28 in a revenge attack after the victim was accused of luring Little to his death.

Innocent members of gangland murder victim Little's family have been subjected to vicious hate mail.

There have been a number of serious incidents and botched hits, but an arson attack that occurred at nearby Cromcastle Court at 7am on Friday is not being treated as part of the sinister gang warfare.

Apart from Saturday's cash seizure, the last major Garda development in the feud happened late last month when two men were quizzed after a car was searched and two firearms recovered.

Gardaí believe they foiled a "potential hit" following the operation.

Irish Independent

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