One of the capital's most dangerous gangland criminals was in custody last night after a major bust which yielded a submachine gun, €60k of drugs and €50k in cash.
The 35-year-old, who is from the Islandbridge area of the capital, was being questioned after the major garda operation at stables near Dunshaughlin, Co Meath yesterday.
A 23-year-old associate of the man was also being questioned at a separate west Dublin garda station. Armed officers were waiting near the property at the rural location as part of a major surveillance operation.
They swooped on the suspects and seized the deadly weapon, as well as a huge haul of heroin and crack cocaine.
The 35-year-old crime lord, who has links to the Kinahan cartel, was previously arrested by detectives probing one of the many murder attempts on gangland target Michael Frazer in November 2014. Two months ago, his gang was the focus of a major operation in which €120,000 in cash was seized in a raid led by officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
The DOCB team swooped on two properties in the Islandbridge area of Dublin city, where they discovered the large sum of cash.
This 35-year-old had close links to slain James Kenny McDonagh, whose remains were discovered in the Wicklow mountains in January 2010.
A very close associate of the arrested thug was murdered over a decade ago by brutal gangland enforcer Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond who was himself shot dead in Lucan last December.
Gardai have been investigating whether the thug's gang were behind Desmond's murder last year. They are also suspected of trying to murder him almost seven years ago.
During the April 2010 incident, three man tried to shoot 'Guinea Pig' as he drove a quad bike in Ballyfermot.
Although this incident was never reported to gardai, officers identified the three men allegedly involved in the botched hit including the criminal in custody last night.
Sources have also revealed that the crime group, based in Ballyfermot, has become one of the primary suppliers of cocaine in the west Dublin area.