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Cars seized in Kinahan-linked raids were 'bullet proofed'

CAB officers inspect a car during this week's operation
CAB officers inspect a car during this week's operation

Two of the cars seized by CAB this week in a series of raids across Dublin had been fitted out with bullet-proof doors.

And, according to the Sun, another car had bullet-proof windows.

The raids this week, aimed at the operations of drug gang with links to the Kinahan cartel known as The Family, saw 46 cars seized by CAB officers from a number of garages and car dealers.

Gardai are investigating if the armoured vehicle were intended for use by someone with a threat hanging over them in the wake of the bloody gangland feud that has been raging across the capital for most of 2016.

Nobody involved in any of the car dealerships has been arrested or charged with any offence.

The so-called 'Family' gang, has teamed up with a younger drugs mob who are mainly involved in cocaine distribution.

One of the chief targets of the younger gang in the co-ordinated raids across the capital is a vicious 30-year-old convicted crack cocaine dealer.

However, the criminal is just one of around a dozen extremely serious criminals in the mob who gardai have been carrying out surveillance on for many months. Officers have made a number of serious drugs busts against the mob over the past year.

In the space of six weeks during the summer, officers seized €200,000 in cash and more than €500,000 worth of cocaine from the gang who distribute the drug across the country.

One of the main raids happened at a luxury car dealership in Dublin city centre. The Herald has learned this business is closely linked to a 30-year-old south inner city criminal who previously served a three-year jail sentence for possession of stolen property which was taken in a tiger kidnapping robbery.

This criminal is suspected of involvement in major organised criminality in the city and is closely linked to the Kinahan cartel.