The Garda clampdown on Dublin’s gangland – and the Kinahan cartel in particular – continued with dawn raids on at least ten homes on Friday
Eighty Gardaí investigating the murder of David Byrne at a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra last month carried out searches at “premises relating to the activities of an organised crime group” from 7.00 am.
The homes being searched are in Kevin Street and Pearse Street.
Gardaí said the searches relate to organised crime and the distribution, sale and supply of controlled drugs in Dublin city centre and adjoining suburbs.
Detectives from Kevin Street and Kilmainham police stations were joined by gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Special Detective Unit, Criminal Assets Bureau, detectives from Pearse Street and Donnybrook, the Dog Unit, forensics and scene of crime specialists, and South Central Divisional Task Force.
Earlier this week Irish police seized over €30,000 in cash and 35 vehicles in other dawn raids in Crumlin and searched the family home of murdered Kinahan associate, Byrne.
Jeeps, BMWs, Mercedes cars, a motorbike estimated to be worth around €35,000 and other high-end vehicles were seized during the early morning operation, which targeted a car business linked to the family and at least 11 private residences.
Armed gardaí from the emergency response unit assisted officials from Revenue and the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) with the searches, which began at around 6am.
The Garda Press Office confirmed earlier this week 18 separate locations had been searched including the offices of a solicitor and an accountant.