AK47 and €3m of drugs seized in garda haul
The massive firearms and drugs haul seized by gardaí this week after a lengthy surveillance operation included an AK47 assault rife as well as heroin and cocaine.
Gardaí are investigating whether the haul is linked to associates of the mob led by a notorious Dublin criminal.
Two men aged 41 and 34 from Tallaght and the north inner city remained in garda custody last night after the bust on the Greenhills Road in west Dublin the previous evening.
The guns displayed by gardaí yesterday included an AK47 assault rifle and ammunition, two .22 rifles and ammunition, and what had been a loaded pump-action shotgun, along with silencers and telescopic sights.
Up to €3m worth of heroin and cocaine was also seized when armed officers intercepted a car after it had left a lock-up which had been under surveillance for weeks.
Sources said last night that it is suspected that the lock-up had been used by the west Dublin gang for storage for a number of months.
"A bust of this magnitude involving the quantity of drugs and firearms that were seized will cause huge consternation in the gang that had owned the product," a senior source explained.
"There can be little doubt that the mob will now be trying to establish if there is a rat in the camp."
But the source also warned that there could be repercussions. "Seizures like this have led to the loss of lives in the past," they added.
The two men that were arrested after Wednesday evening's dramatic swoop are considered "runners" for the gang and not key players.
Last night detectives were still investigating whether there is a link between the bust and the mob who were previously involved in a bitter feud that led to the violent deaths of four criminals.
While this feud is now over, sources say that the criminal gang continues to be extremely active.