| 7.2°C Dublin

Armed teen held after car chase 'on way to gang hit'

A 19-YEAR-OLD arrested after a high-speed chase was on his way to carry out a gangland hit, it is believed.

The suspect remained in custody this morning after armed detectives seized two handguns as part of a major operation by the Organised Crime Unit.

The drama unfolded on Friday when detectives pursued a van driven by the suspect as part of a major surveillance operation targeting a north inner city gang.

The gunman crashed the white van he was travelling in on a green at the Moatview area of Clonshaugh before trying to escape from gardai on foot.

However, he was arrested just seconds later and spent the weekend being questioned at Santry Garda Station. Our exclusive photos show the aftermath of the incident as concerned locals talk to gardai at the scene.

The Herald can reveal that the teenager is well-known to gardai and gained his first conviction for possession of heroin when he was 16.


He is closely linked to a Darndale teenager who was given a two-year sentence for firearms offences when he was only a juvenile and also has convictions for assaulting gardai.

A source said: "There is no doubt that this young man in custody today is a very dangerous individual - he wants to be a gangster - he aspires to the life of a gang boss."

The Coolock man has formed close links with a north inner city gang who have been involved in a bitter feud with the mob led by paedophile gangster Christy Griffin. It is not known if he was carrying the fireams for this crew or for local criminals in the Coolock area.

The north inner city gang was targeted by gardai in November, 2010. The investigation codenamed Operation Chisel involved up to 300 gardai who arrested 13 people and carried out 33 pre-dawn searches in November, 2010.

Local gardai, backed up by the Emergency Response Unit, the Organised Crime Unit and the Criminal Assets Bureau, swooped on addresses in Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Kildare and Cavan.

The teenager arrested on Friday night was not targeted in the November 2010 raid.