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Ratoath: Three arrested after seizure of guns, including AK47s, in Co Meath

Three men have been arrested after gardai seized two handguns, two AK47s and a hundred rounds of ammunition in Ratoath, County Meath in the Republic of Ireland.

The men were arrested as part of an operation aimed at organised criminal groups.

Gardai from the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Emergency Response Unit, arrested the men following an operation on Thursday evening.

Two assault rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition were seized when Gardai stopped two vehicles in the Ratoath area. In a follow up phase of the operation two semi automatic pistols, silencers and further quantities of ammunition were discovered as part of the operation also in Ratoath.

The three men - who are all aged in their thirties - have been arrested and are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Ashbourne and Kells Garda Stations.

The seizure comes 24 hours after the murder of Noel 'Mr Kingsize' Duggan (58) at his home in the Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath, Co Meath, last night.

Mr Duggan was shot several times and died at the scene.

He was a close friend and associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

In 2000, he was targetted by the Criminal Assets Bureau and made a settlement of some IR£2 million.

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