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Gangland hit on Hutch associate foiled by gardai

Gardai display the items seized on Saturday night
Gardai display the items seized on Saturday night

Gardaí believe they prevented an imminent gangland shooting after seizing two sub-machine guns and three handguns.

Detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) searched a car in the Cabra area of Dublin shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening.

During the course of the search, they recovered what are believed to be two MP-9 sub-machine guns and two silencers, three loaded Smith and Weston handguns and a large quantity of ammunition.

Det Supt Tony Howard of the DOCB said: "From the intelligence we have in relation to yesterday's operation, there is no doubt that somebody else's life has been saved."

Today's Herald says that it is believed the guns were set to be used in planned hit by members of the Kinahan cartel on an associate of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Speaking at media briefing last night, Det Supt Howard said: “These weapons are indiscriminately designed for one thing, and one thing only and that is to kill people.

“There is no doubt that we interrupted a serious criminal enterprise by seizing these weapons.

“Certainly these type of weapons could only have come from individuals who are engaged in serious organised crime."