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Kinahan hit team caught with Glock


GARDAI foiled an attempted hit in Dublin yesterday after arresting two associates of the Kinahan Cartel and seizing a loaded handgun and ammunition.

Armed Gardaí moved in on the two suspects in two separate vehicles in south Dublin, while the majority of the country were watching Ireland’s Euro 2016 match against Belgium. 

Armed members of the Emergency Response Unit and Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau moved in and arrested the two men in two separate cars as part of an intelligence led operation. 

Detectives are investigating whether the intended target of the hit was Ross Hutch – a nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch. 

Ross has 54 convictions and appeared on Winning Streak on behalf of his brother Eddie Hutch Jnr last year where he won €33,000 on his behalf. 

Their father Eddie Snr was shot dead as part of the Kinahan/Hutch feud three days after the Regency shooting in February. 
Ross (24) – who has been warned of a threat against his life – arrived on the scene following the shooting of his cousin Gareth Hutch last month

A Garda spokesman said: “One car was stopped on the Naas Dual carriageway shortly before 3pm. During the course of a search of the car, a Glock 9mm handgun and ammunition was recovered. Shortly afterwards a second car was stopped on the Long  Mile Road, Dublin 12, and the male driver was arrested.”

Both are being detained under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

It is understood one of the cars was an armour-plated VW Golf. 

Gardaí believe the pair  were on their way to carry out a hit as part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud. It is believed an associate of the Hutch side was the intended target of the hit team. It is understood the men were heading towards the northside of the city, where they were planning to carry out the hit. 

One of the men arrested is a Crumlin criminal who has close links to Sean McGovern, who was injured in the Regency Hotel shooting. McGovern was shot in the stomach during the hit, in the same incident which claimed the life of his pal David Byrne in February. 

McGovern’s associate was linked to a drug production operation a number of years ago, but escaped conviction. 

The second man arrested yesterday is a 31-year-old, also from Crumlin, who has convictions over a brutal pub brawl and handling stolen property. He was strongly linked to David Byrne. 

Sean McGovern was previously involved in a car business with David Byrne’s brother Liam Byrne. 

Gardai have been carrying out a number of operations in an attempt to thwart another attack from Daniel Kinahan’s (left) mob or the Hutch faction. 

It is understood they had intelligence an attack was imminent. A source said: “There is little doubt these arrests prevented another murder.”