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Feared gang is led by middle aged brothers with regular day-jobs

Feared gang is led by middle aged brothers with regular day-jobs

A DUBLIN-based organised crime group that has been hit hard by the Criminal Assets Bureau is considered to be one of the largest drug gangs in the capital.

Yesterday morning, more than 100 gardai began searching 23 properties linked to a gang known as ‘the Family’.

These homes and businesses are suspected of being used both as fronts for the outfit’s criminal activities, as well as legitimate companies that aid its criminal network.

The gang has been a long-term target for gardai, and members have been operating in the capital for more than two decades.

It was recently revealed how an AK-47 – along with 14 rounds of ammunition – belonging to the gang were recovered on a Dublin waste ground.

This discovery was made after officers conducted a search in the Chapelizod area.

The high-powered assault rifle was wrapped in plastic and buried in the ground.

The seizure took place on the evening of Tuesday, May 23 in a location normally patrolled by Ballyfermot gardai.

Members of ‘The Family’ are not directly involved in the deadly Kinahan-Hutch feud but have connections with the cartel.

Sources say the gang – whose members have few previous convictions of note – is led by at least four middle-aged brothers.

They are hugely feared in the communities they operate in and have been previously linked to a number of shootings.

‘The Family’ has also been described as “highly unusual but very effective”, and some members even work in everyday jobs.

The gang is based in Ballyfermot but its stronghold also includes Clondalkin and Tallaght.

‘The Family’ also has links to a younger mob based in the Ronanstown area, suspected of distributing large amounts of cocaine and crack