Tuesday 21 November 2017

Moment gardaí foiled 'hit' on former gang member

Armed gardaí swooped on a van on Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, on Monday evening, arresting two men and seizing a loaded gun
Armed gardaí swooped on a van on Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, on Monday evening, arresting two men and seizing a loaded gun

Ken Foy

A 34-year-old criminal who was arrested allegedly on his way to shoot a former gang member was previously cleared of murder charges.

Gardaí foiled a murder attempt on Michael Frazer (38) when they arrested two men and seized a loaded gun in Ballyfermot, Dublin, on Monday night. Frazer has survived five attempts on his life in the last three years.

He has fallen foul of members of the Kinahan cartel after a personal dispute. It is believed that the hit was ordered from inside Mountjoy Prison.

Gardaí prevented Frazer's murder when heavily armed members of the Emergency Response Unit intercepted a white van travelling on the Kylemore Road at 8pm on Monday.

Gardaí arrested the two men travelling in the vehicle; a Ballyfermot criminal (34) and his 38-year-old associate from Neilstown.

The two men were being questioned by detectives at Crumlin garda station last night.

A loaded 9mm handgun and a canister of petrol was discovered in the van, which was registered under a bogus company name.

It is understood elite detectives had been tracking the van in the capital for a number of days.

Gardaí also seized a second vehicle, which had been equipped with false number plates, that was a suspected getaway car. It is understood this vehicle was found near where Frazer has been living in the Crumlin area in recent weeks.

Apart from being cleared by a jury of stabbing a man to death in west Dublin more than 12 years ago, the arrested 34-year-old survived a gun attack in January 2011, as part of a major disagreement among criminals in the Ballyfermot area.

The Neilstown criminal is known to gardaí for a variety of offences including serious drug crime and thefts.

Irish Independent

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