Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gangland hit foiled as two arrested with handgun

Criminals had gun and bullet-proof vest

By Ken Foy

GARDAI arrested two young criminals and recovered a fully loaded 9mm handgun last night.

Detectives believe the two known gangsters – one of whom was wearing a bulletproof vest – may have been on their way to carry out a murder.

The men, one 19 and the other 28 , were spotted walking close to Dolphin's Barn Bridge in Dublin shortly before 8pm.

The Drimnagh criminals attempted to flee on foot when they were stopped outside a pub by armed officers who are based at the nearby Sundrive Road Garda Station.

The older man was observed throwing a gun into nearby bushes before they were arrested.

“They may have been on their way to shoot someone – one of the fellas was wearing a bullet proof vest,” a source told The Herald.

Gardai recovered the gun in the undergrowth and when they searched the man who had thrown it, they found another handgun which they believe to be an imitation weapon.

They also observed that he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

The 19-year-old was not wearing a bullet-proof vest and no weapons were found on him.

This teenager is on bail after he was charged with two offences related to possession of a sawn-off semi-automatic rifle in Drimnagh earlier this year.

As part of his bail conditions he was ordered to obey a curfew.

Last night a senior source said: “The investigation is at a very early stage but one line of inquiry is that they may have been on their way to shoot someone.

“The fact that one of the fellas was wearing a bulletproof vest backs this up,” the source added.

“However they could have also been on their way to carry out an armed robbery, so that is being looked at as well,” they added.

“They are part of the new breed of criminal that have been causing havoc in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area recently.”

Both suspects were being questioned last night at Sundrive Road Garda Station on the capital's southside.

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