Two gardaí involved in targeting international Irish crime gangs are honoured by Spanish counterparts
TWO gardai involved in targeting international Irish crime gangs have been honoured by their Spanish counterparts.
The officers, who are both attached to garda national units, were presented with a special award by the Guardia Civil for their efforts investigating organised crime in the country.
Det Supt Seamus Boland, of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB), and an officer attached to the Security and Intelligence section- who cannot be identified- were awarded with the 'Merit Order Cross of the Guardia Civil'.
Both country’s have significantly increased cooperation in recent years with a large number of Irish criminals operating in Spain.
In particular, gardai provided valuable assistance as part of the investigation into the 2015 murder of Gary Hutch, the nephew of ‘The Monk’.
This killing was the first linked to the Hutch/Kinahan feud which has claimed as many as 18 lives to date.
Dubliner James Quinn (35) was convicted in a Malaga court last June for the murder of Gary Hutch and possession of an illegal weapon.
The jury found that he had acted as a lookout and getaway driver in the killing.
The Garda’s DOCB have been at the forefront of the fight against organised crime since its establishment in March 2015.
Since then, the elite unit have seized 97 weapons including seven high-powered assault rifles, 11 machine-guns and 55 handguns.
Investigations by the unit have also resulted in €8.5m in cash seized along with €155 worth of drugs.
The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Guardia Civil, in Mallorca, Spain.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Special Crime Operations (SCO) was a guest of the Guardia Civil at this event and was present for the awarding of the ‘Merit Order Cross of the Guardia Civil’.