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Revealed: Face of Dublin criminal 'The Canary' targeted by gardai probing organised crime


Below is the Dublin criminal known as ‘the Canary’ who has been targeted by Gardaí in their crackdown on organised crime in Dublin.

Convicted drug dealer Gary Carey (35, below), from Islandbridge Court in Dublin, has been questioned in relation to recent seizures of drugs, firearms and cash as part of Garda probes into a dangerous south Dublin gang.

Carey, whose brother Darren was murdered by Mark ‘Guinea Pig’ Desmond 17 years ago, was released without charge, though associates are facing charges in relation to the incidents. 



Two months ago, Carey was linked to the seizure of €120,000 as part of an organised crime investigation in the Islandbridge and Ballyfermot areas. 

A man was arrested on charges of money laundering in connection with that haul, but later released without charge while a file is prepared for the DPP. 

Despite his multiple arrests as part of organised crime investigations, Carey only served one significant prison sentence when he plead guilty to drug dealing at Dublin Circuit Court back in 2002 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.  

Carey was one of a number of people questioned by Gardaí probing one of several gun attacks on gangland target Michael Frazer back in November 2014 when a gunman opened fire on him in Islandbridge. Carey was not the suspected gunman and was later released without charge. 

Frazer had been targeted because he was feuding with a well-known Kinahan Cartel member who can’t be named as he is currently before the courts. 

Carey is no stranger to the effects of gangland violence after his brother Darren (20) and pal Patrick Murray (19) were shot dead by evil psycho Desmond (above) just before New Year’s Eve in 2000. 

The pair had been working for Desmond as drug couriers. 

Carey was also a neighbour and friend of James Kenny McDonagh (28), who was shot dead in October 2010. McDonagh’s remains were found in the Dublin mountains in January 2012. Once again Desmond was a suspect in the killing. 

Associates of Carey were believed to have been behind a botched hit attempt on Desmond in April 2010. 

Gardaí suspect Carey’s associates are key players in the drug trade in south Dublin, supplying crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs.

A number of members of the gang have been arrested by officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau in recent weeks and are facing charges before the courts on serious offences. 

The gang are now paranoid about informants due to the successful Garda operations against them.