THERE is "deep paranoia" within the ranks of the Christy Kinahan drugs cartel this weekend as nine suspects remain in garda custody after a huge operation that targeted the mob.
A large number of searches took place yesterday in north Dublin and Co Meath, including in Cabra and Navan, following Thursday's operation that yielded drugs worth €5m and six firearms.
Kinahan's son, Daniel, remains in Dublin this weekend where he has been visiting a sick relative in hospital. He was not arrested as part of the operation.
A source told the Herald: "There will be a lot of paranoia floating around and a lot of fellas will be under huge pressure now.
"This was the biggest drugs bust of the year, but the Kinahan gang have shown before that they can bounce back from things like this and they are sure to again."
Nine male suspects – five Irish and four eastern Europeans – were detained during the raids. The suspects, aged between 29 and 46, are being detained at Blanchardstown, Clondalkin, Finglas, Ballymun and Store Street garda stations.
At around 7am on Thursday, gardai searched four industrial units in Navan and Dublin, three of which they said were being used as drugs storage depots.
Throughout the day they stopped and searched cars and vans all over Dublin and found drugs and guns concealed in hidden compartments.
Six firearms, including Russian-made handguns similar to Glocks, a small pistol and a machine gun were seized.
Officers recovered 150kg of cannabis herb, 200kg of cannabis resin, around 100,000 ecstasy tablets and a powder believed to be cocaine.
The Herald yesterday revealed that the raids were the culmination of a two-month surveillance operation by gardai that involved listening into phone calls of members of the Kinahan mob.
Despite a massive international operation against Kinahan's gang in 2010 which led to Kinahan's arrest, gardai believe they have "re-invented" themselves and are using contacts in Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium to renew their role in drug trafficking into Ireland.
Separately, a man was arrested in Ballymun yesterday after cocaine and illegal tablets with a combined estimated street value of €83,000 were seized along with three vehicles.
The man in his 30s was last night detained at Ballymun Garda Station.