Sunday 22 April 2018

Drug dealer link to pipe bomb left at Dublin garda station

The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station yesterday Photo: Colin O'Riordan
The Defence Forces EOD unit and rover pictured at Finglas Garda Station yesterday Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Ken Foy

Detectives are investigating whether a pipe bomb which led to a city garda station being evacuated is connected to an out-of-control criminal linked to the Kinahan cartel.

The viable device was handed in to officers at Finglas Garda Station yesterday afternoon, and led to the building being closed off for several hours.

Members of the Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit were called to the scene, before eventually removing the device at around 5pm.

The suspected pipe bomb was last night being technically examined by specialist Defence Forces personnel.

The Herald can reveal that the device is linked to a flashy Finglas drug dealer currently embroiled in a local dispute with a Traveller mob.

The 25-year-old cartel criminal has been linked to a number of shootings and attacks in the Finglas area in recent months.

Sources said that gardai are probing whether the thug’s mob was responsible for planting the device outside a home in Finglas, before it was handed in.

“This dispute has seen the young criminal’s gang carry out a number of attacks against the Traveller mob over a killing,” the source said.

“Gardai believe that this is the latest attack by this drug dealer, who is becoming more and more volatile.”

This dispute is one of several that the young Finglas criminal is involved in, and has led to him being threatened by a number of different crime groups.

He survived an attempt on his life last month after gardai foiled a gangland hit in the Ashtown area.

Glen O’Toole (39) was arrested with a loaded firearm, a silencer, a canister of petrol and a Halloween mask. He was charged but died by suicide in prison last week.

The drug dealer who was targeted has become the new kingpin for the Kinahan cartel in a major north Dublin patch.

The lucrative area was previously controlled by a psychotic criminal in his 30s, who is suspected of involvement in at least two feud murders.

Herald

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