Tuesday 16 January 2018

Three men with connections to associates of Gary Hutch arrested after guns - including AK47s - seized in Co Meath

A pedestrian is seriously injured after being struck by a car. Stock picture
A pedestrian is seriously injured after being struck by a car. Stock picture

Ken Foy

Three men have been arrested after gardai seized two handguns, two AK47s and a hundred rounds of ammunition.

The men were arrested as part of an operation targetting organised criminal groups - it comes a day after the murder of Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan (58) who was a close associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The three men have strong connections to associates of the late Gary Hutch, who was murdered by members of the Kinahan cartel in Spain last September.

His death led to tit-for-tat attacks between his associates and the Kinahans, resulting in the murder of David Byrne (34) in the Regency hotel in north Dublin last February.

Eddie Hutch Snr (59), a taxi driver and brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch and uncle of Gary Hutch was murdered at his home in Poplar Row in Dublin's north inner city three days later.

Gardai from the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Emergency Response Unit, arrested the men following an operation in Ratoath, Co Meath earlier this evening.

Two assault rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition were seized when Gardaí stopped two vehicles in the Ratoath area. In a follow up phase of the operation two semi automatic pistols, silencers and further quantities of ammunition were discovered as part of the operation also in Ratoath.

The three men - who are all aged in their thirties - have been arrested and are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Ashbourne and Kells Garda Stations.

The seizure comes 24 hours after the murder of Noel 'Mr Kingsize' Duggan (58) at his home in the Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath, Co Meath, last night.

Mr Duggan was shot several times and died at the scene.

He was a close friend and associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

In 2000, he was targetted by the Criminal Assets Bureau and made a settlement of some IR£2 million.

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