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11 held in organised crime inquiry

An organised crime gang suspected of distributing drugs across the capital have been targeted in a massive Garda blitz.

Nine men and two women were arrested as 18 homes and two businesses were raided across Dublin's north inner city.

Bullets, cash, a small amount of cannabis and material and documents linked to drug trafficking and financial deals were recovered.

One source said the dawn raids focused on collecting a paper trail to build stronger cases against the suspected drug dealers and money launderers.

"Computers and bank account details were taken from all the properties," he said.

"They need to find out about bank details and transactions. It could be another year before they get through it all and more happens."

The gang - believed to involve two families in Summerhill in the north inner city working side by side - have been under surveillance since February by detectives and anti-gangland units based at Mountjoy Garda Station. The gangs are suspected of running organised crime rackets and drug trafficking empires across the north of the capital.

While not major importers, it is said they instead distribute cannabis and cocaine across the city. It is understood they once had 300,000 euro of cannabis seized by gardai. More than 100 Garda officers were involved in the operation including teams from the Organised Crime division, Emergency Response Unit, dog handlers and the Garda helicopter.

Five men and one woman were detained under tough anti-gang legislation, Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, another two men and one woman were held under anti-terror laws, Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, while one man was held on suspicion of drugs offences.

The suspects range in age from their 20s to their 50s.

Press Association


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