Kinahan 'foot soldier' arrested following massive heroin seizure

An image of the drugs released by the gardai
An image of the drugs released by the gardai

A 33-YEAR-OLD ‘foot soldier’ for the deadly Kinahan cartel remained in garda custody last night after officers seized €1.4m worth of heroin.

This followed a major surveillance operation against the mob in the capital’s south inner city.

The bust occurred when officers searched a house and a shed in the Whitefriar Gardens area on Wednesday evening as part of an investigation into the cartel which has been codenamed Operation Thistle.

Around €10,000 worth of cannabis herb was also seized. The suspect was taken to Kevin Street Garda Station for questioning.

It is understood that there had been detailed surveillance on the suspect, who does not have serious criminal convictions, for a number of days.

The massive bust happened just hours after Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey confirmed at a press conference that Operation Thistle was still ongoing in the south innercity area.

The major crackdown was launched by investigators to target the Kinahan gang.

“This is a significant amount of drugs to take out of circulation, and will be a blow to the cartel’s activities,” a source said.

“These operations against this gang are going to continue throughout the summer,” the source added.