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Gang tensions rise after gun and drug discovery

Tensions remain high in the capital's south inner city after gardai seized a 9mm handgun and a sawn-off shotgun during a drugs raid at the weekend.

Sources have revealed that the haul, including an amount of ammunition, was discovered during a planned search of a flat in the Dolphin House flats complex at around 3pm on Saturday.

The chief target of the operation is a 38-year-old criminal who does not have much in the way of serious criminal convictions but is said to have strong connections to gangsters involved in feuding in the Crumlin/Drimangh area.

He was arrested when gardai stormed his flat and found a Luger handgun as well as ammunition and €8,000 worth of cannabis herb.

As this raid was happening, officers spotted an associate of the man running from the flats complex and after a short chase he was arrested and caught 
with €3,000 worth of cannabis.

Sources say that this man, who is aged in his mid-30s, may have been earlier visiting the Dolphin House flat to buy drugs.

Follow-up searches took place at an address in the South Circular Road area and a sawn-off shotgun was recovered as well as a small quantity of heroin. A man and a woman were arrested there.

All four suspects remained in garda custody last night at Kevin Street, Kilmainham and Irishtown garda stations.

The raids happened as 
officers continue to monitor a bitter fall-out within the 'Fat' Freddie Thompson gang that has led to Freddie's former close pal Michael Frazer surviving multiple attempts on his 
life, including one in Drimnagh on Sunday morning of last week.

It is understood that some of the arrested suspects have "loose" links to this mob and other high-grade inner city criminals.

The structure of gangland activity in the south inner 
city has changed drastically in recent years with much 
younger criminals now taking the place of older gang 
bosses like 'Fat' Freddie Thompson.

Garda investigations have identified almost 200 gang members in the Dublin 8 area alone.