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Saturday 21 April 2018

'They'll be trying to find a rat' - €3m drugs bust linked to notorious Ballyfermot criminal's gang

Some of the weapons and drugs seized by gardai in the west Dublin lock-up
Some of the weapons and drugs seized by gardai in the west Dublin lock-up
Drugs were seized during a car search in Dublin (Garda/PA)

Ken Foy

This is the massive firearms and drugs haul that was seized by gardai this week after a lengthy surveillance operation by detectives.

Gardai are investigating whether the haul is linked to associates of the mob led by notorious Ballyfermot criminal Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll (42).

Two men aged 41 and 34 from Tallaght and the north inner city remained in garda custody last night after the bust on the Greenhills Road in west Dublin the previous evening.

The guns displayed by gardai yesterday include an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition, two .22 rifles and ammunition and a loaded pump-action shotgun along with silencers and telescopic sights.

Up to €3m worth of heroin and cocaine was also seized when armed officers intercepted a car after it left a lock-up which had been under surveillance for weeks.

Sources said last night that it is suspected that the lock-up had been used by the west Dublin gang for "storage" for a number of months.

"A bust of this magnitude involving the quantity of drugs and firearms that were seized will cause huge consternation in the gang that owned the product," a senior source said.

"There can be little doubt that the mob will now be trying to establish if there is a rat in the camp and seizures like this have led to the loss of lives in the past," the source added.

The two men that were arrested after Wednesday evening's dramatic swoop are considered "runners" for the gang and not key players.

Last night detectives were still investigating whether there is a link between the bust and the feared 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll mob.


'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll's gang were previously involved in a bitter feud in west Dublin that led to the violent deaths of four criminals.

While this feud is now over, sources said that the gang that 'Dee Dee' is involved with continues to be extremely active.

In October, 2013, O'Driscoll was jailed for 18 months for his role in a vicious fight which became known as the "Ballyfermot Bloodbath".

It emerged that he threatened others with a crutch during the violent scrap which left another man dead.

O'Driscoll, who is from Croftwood Park in Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and production of an article capable of causing serious injury on September 27, 2009.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Jason Martin later died from injuries sustained during an altercation with men armed with hatchets.

O'Driscoll and his co-accused Michael Byrne (42), were not involved in this part of the fight.

Byrne, of Old Tower, Clondalkin - who is serving an 18-year term for possession of €6.2m worth of heroin - was found guilty of affray and given a suspended sentence.

The court heard 29 people were arrested over the fight.

O'Driscoll has 19 previous convictions for offences such as assault causing harm.

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