DUBLIN, Ireland - In a large-scale operation targetting the activities of the Kinahan crime gang, as many as 50 officers were involved in a search operation, as part of which seven properties were searched.
The operation that began at around 7 am on Wednesday, involved the officers searching the seven premises as part of the operation targetting organized crime.
Gardai said that the operation was led by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and received the backing of the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) and personnel within the Dublin Metropolitan Region North Central division.
The dawn swoop saw the Gardai seizing a number of items, including mobile phones, some encrypted devices, memory sticks and others, photos of which were released by the Garda Press Office.
In a statement, Assistant Garda Commissioner, John ODriscoll, head of the Special Crime Operations (SCO), said, The searches undertaken this morning represent further evidence of An Garda Sochnas unrelenting efforts to dismantle organised crime groups (OCGs) that are involved in drug trafficking and a wide range of other criminality and who are attempting to murder particular people."
Gardai also said that they had arrested one man as part of the operation.
The 24-year-old man was reportedly arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking following the seizure of a quantity of heroin.
The man was detained for questioning at the Bridewell Garda Station.
However, gardai said that the man was later released without charge and that they were now preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Further, Gardai said that they have now issued a vehicle security warning after a doubling in the rate of car break-ins in the southern region in a month.