Sunday 25 August 2019

Gardai and CAB launch a series of early-morning raids

GardaI pictured at the house at Elmcastle Green, Kilnamanagh in Dublin this morning.
GardaI pictured at the house at Elmcastle Green, Kilnamanagh in Dublin this morning.

Ken Foy

Gardai have raided a number of homes in the capital’s south inner city and Tallaght in their latest operation against the Kinahan cartel.

The raids which were carried out as part of Operation Thistle started at 6.30am this morning.

Gardai and members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB ) searched a number of homes this morning, seizing drugs and arresting a man.

Today’s operation comes a day after gardai unveiled the new armed support unit to tackle feuding gangs in the city.

A large quantity of documentation was seized today and a small quantity of controlled drugs were also seized.

In total six properties were searched in the swoop.

A Garda pictured searching a car at the house at Elmcastle Green, Kilnamanagh this morning.
A Garda pictured searching a car at the house at Elmcastle Green, Kilnamanagh this morning.

Our exclusive photo shows six gardai searching a house and a car in the Tallaght area.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in relation to theft offences.

He is being detained at Pearse Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

These raids were part of an ongoing operation targeting middle and lower-ranking members of the Kinahan cartel in Dublin.

A large amount of financial documentation and small quantities of drugs were seized.

The raids represents the fourth swoop on south inner city gangs which comprise the middle and lower ranks of the Kinahan cartel here.

Last June, €1.4m worth of heroin was seized, and one man arrested, while in May some €300,000 of drugs were confiscated.

These followed an operation in March in which 10 homes were raided and €50,000 in cash and €20,000 worth of jewellery were seized.

On that occasion, gardai seized over €40,000 from the Liberties home of a young criminal who has been acting as a driver and business partner of Greg Lynch.

Gardai also forced entry into and searched an unoccupied property in the Oliver Bond flats complex which was the family home of cartel figure Daniel Kinahan and where he was brought up as a child.

In a separate operation in March, gardaí in neighbouring Crumlin and Drimnagh seized some €1m worth of assets in high-profile raids on members of the upper ranks of the Kinahan cartel.

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