Gardai crackdown on mob who made death threats to officers
A CRACKDOWN against a gangland mob which made death threats against six officers and attacked a garda station has proved to be a great success.
Several criminals linked to the gang have been arrested and charged with 22 separate offences including possession of firearms, theft and burglary.
The crackdown on the north Kildare thugs, who have strong links to the Edenderry area of north Co Offaly, began last summer. Sources said gardai were “very satisfied with its success so far”.
Some of the gang members have close links to notorious criminal Troy Jordan, who owes €800,000 to the Criminal Assets Bureau and has a home in Co Kildare.
“Strategic checkpoints and an increase in armed patrols as well as a series of planned operations have proved to be very successful against this gang,” a senior source said.
“However, there’s no room for complacency in how these gangsters are handled – only a few weeks ago, an associate of the gang was involved in a savage attack on a garda.”
Security was stepped up for the six officers under threat – one of whom was followed home by a criminal – following an armed raid in which two shotgun blasts shattered the front window of Carbury Garda Station.
Petrol was then poured through the window in an attempt to set the building alight.
The Garda Representative Association (GRA) warned that the “campaign of intimidation” posed a threat to the officers’ families.
The gang, who have been the subject of previous garda clampdowns, had close links to Tallaght drug dealer Andy Barry (31), who was shot dead along with Lithuanian man Zilvinas Varnauskas in a double murder in 2012.
Since then, an “extremely dangerous” thug from Kildare has taken over much of the gang’s activities.
“For a long time the situation in north Kildare was allowed to fester in relation to this gang, but it’s fair to say gardai are on top of this situation because of proper resources,” a source said.