Gardai raid flats in operation against major drugs kingpin

Greg Lynch
Greg Lynch

Gardai launched a major blitz yesterday against the gang led by drugs trafficker Greg Lynch and searched properties in the south inner city and the Cabra areas of the capital.

Over 20 officers descended on a property in the Oliver Bond flats complex in an attempt to snare a cocaine dealer suspected of working for Lynch.

In the operation, led by Kevin Street gardai, the garda water unit was deployed to search for drugs hidden in drains and the garda dog unit was there to sniff out drugs.

However, last night gardai said that no drugs were seized and no arrests were made in the operation that involved at least a dozen armed officers.

More raids are understood to be planned in the future weeks as detectives try to get to grips with the deadly Christy Kinahan cartel which "rule the roost" in the localities.

"The gardai will be back for more, count on that," said a source.

Sources said that the high-profile raid was an attempt to disrupt the activities of feared drug dealer Lynch (30), who previously lived in the flats complex and is suspected of being the main distributor of drugs there.

Lynch - who survived an assassination attempt in October, 2013 that left him facially disfigured - is one of Ireland's biggest drug dealers. Multiple death threats have been made against his life.

The vicious thug has long been trying to exert control over the entire country as well as his south inner city Dublin stronghold.

Lynch is said to idolise millionaire drugs kingpin Christy Kinahan and has forged close links with the murderous Keane\Collopy crime gang in Limerick.

Senior sources said that Lynch - who street dealers are terrified of - was one of the top 10 heroin and crack cocaine importers into Ireland.

Lynch was just 19 when he was jailed for six years in 2004 after he was caught handing over €400,000 of heroin in the car park of the Red Cow Inn at Naas Road, Dublin.

He was arrested following a surveillance operation by officers from the Garda National Drug Unit.

After being released from jail, Lynch continued to be involved in drug trafficking and is now considered one of the country's biggest drug dealers.

In recent times, it is believed his operations have spread to the northside of the capital.

Lynch's crew were the main target of a major operation codenamed 'Wirelesses' in 2011, when 18 suspected gangsters were arrested after officers carried out 50 raids.

Three of Lynch's closest associates were picked up in the raids carried out by officers from various national and regional units. However, Lynch managed to avoid charges.

Sources said that he remains one of the most trusted lieutenants for the Kinahan cartel in Ireland.

In June, the Herald revealed that he had been having "the time of his life" travelling around in a black SUV in a security convoy when gangsters came back to the capital for a boxing fight.

Now there are fears that an upcoming boxing match in Dublin could spark a revenge attack for the murder of former Kinahan gang member Gary Hutch, who was shot dead in Spain's Costa Del Crime last month.

The boxing match is expected to see many of Lynch's Costa pals back in the capital.

Gardai are confident that Greg Lynch had no involvement in the Hutch murder.

Ken Foy