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'More charges against the cartel in near future' says top cop

Crime DeskBy Robin Schiller
'More charges against the cartel in near future' says top cop

ONE of the country’s most senior gardai has vowed further charges will be brought against the Kinahan cartel in relation to murders and gangland activity in the coming weeks.

So far this year 11 murders have been committed in the capital, with at least six of these carried out by associates of the deadly cartel.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan has stated that charges will be brought against the international crime gang’s members "in the near future" in relation to the gang murders.

The senior garda, who is responsible for policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR), also revealed that gardai investigating murders in the capital have made 35 arrests, carried out 157 searches, seized 19 firearms and over €1.1m worth of property.

"Approximately 8,150 investigative tasks have been completed and seven persons have been brought before the courts, and I expect further charges to be brought in this regard in the near future," Mr Nolan told the Council’s Joint Policing Committee this week.

Since the launch of Operation Hybrid in February - an armed patrol initiative to keep a lid on the gangland feud - 11,520 checkpoints have been carried out along with 1,200 armed patrols.

Over 4,000 searches have also been conducted, which recently saw €20,000 worth of drugs seized in the south-inner city from a tier-two criminal on Wednesday night.