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Fears Frazer could be easy target for gangster

Michael Frazer
Michael Frazer

THERE is major garda concern that one of the capital’s most threatened men may become “easy pickings” for a recently released gangster.

Two west Dublin criminals remained in custody last night, where they were being questioned about a conspiracy to murder top gang target Michael Frazer (38).

Sources say that officers have “genuine concerns” Frazer may now become an “easy target” for a notorious south inner city hood, who is believed to be desperate for cash.

It has emerged the girlfriend of the recently-released criminal lives “just a few doors away” from where Frazer has been based, in the Crumlin area of the capital.

 “What this means is that Frazer might be viewed as easy pickings for this criminal,” a source said.

“He is in a position to be able to potentially fully track Frazer’s movements.

“What is known is that the south inner city criminal would do anything for a few bob, so there are concerns that the cartel might simply hire him to do the job as he would be in a relatively easy position to do it.”

Monday’s high-profile garda operation, in which a 34-yearold Ballyfermot man and a 38-year-old Neilstown man were arrested allegedly on their way to murder Frazer, is the sixth time that the Drimnagh man has survived an attempted murder since March 2014.

Gardai now believe that he was targeted because people known to him are dealing drugs on Kinahan cartel ‘turf ’ in the Crumlin and south inner city areas of the capital.

It is understood these criminals have been trying to “take advantage” of a perceived weakness in the cartel, which has been the driving force behind the deadly feud with the Hutch mob that has claimed 12 lives.

Sources say that the “major heat” the cartel has been subjected to from gardai, which has included multiple arrests and millions of euro in cash and drug seizures, has meant that other criminal groupings are trying to move into the heartland of its drugs territory.

The cartel is now turning to a “much poorer calibre” of hitman to carry out its murders and sources say an example of this are the duo who were arrested last Monday.

The arrested 34-year-old man was previously cleared of murder charges, and also survived a gun attack in 2011.

The 38-year-old Neilstown criminal, who was arrested in the van with him, is known to gardai for a variety of offences.

However, sources say that neither are considered “proper hitmen” and they are believed to have been under surveillance for a number of days before their dramatic arrests.

Meanwhile, the recently-released criminal is also under a certain level of garda surveillance.

Last month, the Herald revealed that after his release from jail, officers established that 16 people, including a garda and a number of innocent women, were under threat from the dangerous thug.