Monday 23 April 2018

Drug seizure worth €1m may belong to notorious west Dublin gang 'The Family'

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

Ken Foy

Gardai are investigating whether a €1m seizure of heroin is linked to a notorious west Dublin gang known as 'The Family'.

Officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau stopped and searched a vehicle on Tuesday in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin and seized the drugs.

Two Dublin men, aged 20 and 45, were arrested in relation to the find and were detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.


The younger man was released from custody at Irishtown Garda Station last night, while the older man was still being questioned at Kevin Street Garda Station.

The bust is just the latest success for organised crime gardai in the capital, after officers seized heroin, cocaine and cannabis worth an estimated €1.6m in the Islandbridge area on Saturday in a separate raid.

The leader of The Family is a 37-year-old career criminal from Clondalkin.

He was previously jailed for six years for possession of almost €2m worth of heroin, following a massive investigation by the Garda National Drugs Unit and international police agencies.

Sources say that the mob's stronghold is located in the Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Tallaght areas and their speciality 'product' is heroin.

However, they have also made a serious push to move into the cocaine market in recent years.

It is understood that The Family have been flooding Dublin with heroin and other drugs for almost two decades.

They have built up allegiances with a number of other dangerous drugs gangs, including two other mobs who operate in the Ballyfermot locality.

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