CAB officers raid heavily fortified house owned by member of Hutch gang
A heavily fortified Dublin property owned by an under-threat Hutch gang associate is at the centre of a major Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) probe.
Detectives yesterday raided the home of James 'Mago' Gately, who is considered a senior member of the Hutch crime group.
Heavily armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) were used to raid the house due to Gately's links to organised crime.
The council house, in Coolock, Dublin 5, is the focus of a significant probe by the CAB.
The property has been fitted with bullet-proof windows and bomb-proof doors as well as an extensive CCTV system since being bought by Gately in March 2014.
Gardaí suspect the mobster spent hundreds of thousands of euro turning the house into a fortress as a result of ongoing threats to his life from the Kinahan cartel.
The 32-year-old wasn't home during the CAB raid and is believed to be hiding out in the North.
Detectives seized a VW Golf GTI and a ladies' Rolex watch, as well as computer equipment and mobile phones.
These items, along with documents also recovered, will be forensically examined as part of the CAB investigation.
Gardaí have said that yesterday morning's raid was a "significant" part of the probe into Gately's assets.
Originally from the north inner city, Gately bought the property over five years ago but is not currently living at the location.
He is a prime target for the Kinahan cartel because they blame him for involvement in the fatal Regency Hotel gun attack in February 2016. Gately, a close friend of murdered Gary Hutch, has also survived at least two attempts on his life in recent years, in the midst of a feud which has now claimed up to 18 lives.
The Dublin man has made numerous returns after fleeing to the North, and has been at "crime summits" in Armagh and Louth.
He also enjoyed a lengthy holiday to the Far East over the Christmas period with his partner.
The vacation included trips to Singapore and China as well as stopovers in the Middle East before returning to Dublin in January.
Gately flew out from Dublin to Singapore on December 16, travelling via the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where several senior Kinahan members are residing.
Having spent Christmas and New Year's Eve abroad, the Hutch associate returned to Ireland on January 3, arriving back on a flight from a Chinese city.