100 gardaí raid homes linked to gangland criminals

Drug gangs in Limerick have been hit hard during a series of garda raids, on the back of the seizure of €170,000 worth of illegal drugs.

Twenty homes linked to gangland criminals were raided yesterday morning by 100 armed officers and unarmed uniformed gardaí.

It follows a crackdown on the operations of the gangs in recent days, which saw gardaí net an estimated €168,500 worth of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

Armed officers from Cork and Limerick attached to the Garda Regional Support Unit swooped on the homes on the south and north of Limerick City around 7am.

The garda operation is targeting the activities of the Dundon/McCarthy and Keane/Collopy gangs.

One man in his 20s has been detained by gardaí, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. He is being held for questioning at Roxboro Road garda station.

Gardaí seized laptops, mobile phones, and documents during the raids. They come after the recent arrest of a senior member of one of the gangs. The “leading member” was recently released from prison and arrested again for further alleged criminal offences.

The individual was described by gardaí as “extremely dangerous”. One hundred gardaí, including armed and local uniformed units, were deployed to 20 homes in a major offensive.

According to sources, the operation targeted three major gangs involved in the distribution of guns, ammunition, and drugs.

Despite the jailing of senior players of the Dundon/McCarthy gang, and a garda crackdown on the Keane/Collopys’ drug business, a younger generation of criminals aligned to the rival factions have since come on the garda radar.

Recent seizures include:

  • On April 20, heroin with a street value of €72,000 recovered, during the search of a house in Thomondgate;
  • On April 14, cocaine and heroin with a street value of almost €9,000 seized during the search of a house at St Mary’s Park;
  • On April 13, cocaine with an estimated value of almost €80,000 was seized.


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