Provo drug gang injure PSNI, gardai
A joint Garda-PSNI investigation is under way after six PSNI officers and two gardai were injured in what is believed to have been an IRA cross-Border cocaine smuggling operation.
It is believed Provos set up an elaborate set of diversions involving incidents with gardai and the PSNI while they were moving a large amount of cocaine into the North.
Two gardai were injured when a car being driven erratically deliberately rammed a squad car outside Castleblayney last Sunday night. The car which was stopped and reversed at speed into the Garda car causing the airbags to inflate and injuring both officers.
A short time later the car and at least two other vehicles were involved in a series of running incidents with the PSNI along the northern side of the Border in south Armagh.
During the early hours of Monday morning six PSNI officers were injured in a series of collisions in which three of their patrol cars were rammed and damaged.
Gardai and the PSNI suspect that a leading South Armagh Provo, the son of a close associate of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, was responsible for setting up the series of incidents to divert attention from his movement of a consignment of cocaine northwards across the Border.
The main suspect is a well known GAA player and has been involved in a series of violent incidents in recent years including an attack on the father of a young woman who was wrongly accused of stealing money from one of the Provo money laundering businesses in the Border area. It is understood he is currently hiding in the Republic.