Thursday 22 March 2018

Third man arrested in gangland operation

Tom Brady

Gardai have arrested a man who had been sought since a car was driven at detectives during an anti-gangland operation on Sunday evening.

The suspect, who is in his late 20s, was arrested by members of the Organised Crime Unit in the Kilbeggan area of Co Westmeath yesterday afternoon.

He was being questioned last night at Naas garda station in Co Kildare under the Offences Against the State Act.

A manhunt for the suspect had been under way throughout Leinster after armed detectives intercepted two vehicles on the Naas to Ballymore Eustace road on Sunday.

The driver of one vehicle was arrested and questioned but later released. A file is now being prepared for the DPP.


Gardai found a handgun and ammunition at the roadside and recovered a few thousand euro from the vehicle.

But officers had a lucky escape when the driver of the second vehicle, a gold-coloured Avensis, drove the car at them and then sped off towards Naas.

Gardai believe the gun was being sold or hired out by members of a west Dublin gang suspected of being involved in serious crime, including tiger kidnaps. The Avensis has not yet been located despite searches by officers in several counties.

Meanwhile, another man, a foreign national, who was arrested in Ballymore Eustace on Tuesday in connection with the firearm find, was still being questioned at Naas last night after his period of detention was extended.

Irish Independent

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