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Brazil nuts Member of Brazilian 'hit team' pleads guilty to possession of sub machine gun and ammunition

It had previously been revealed the gang had got lost twice on the way to their intended target and were using ill-equipped weapons as part of the alleged enterprise.

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Gardai at the scene in Offaly

Gardai at the scene in Offaly

Gardai at the scene in Offaly

The fourth member of a suspected Brazilian hit team has pleased guilty to the possession of a 9mm sub machine gun and ammunition following an alleged foiled shooting incident in Co Offaly last year.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sergio Machado Filho, Apartment 7, 3 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, appeared before a sitting of Tullamore Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon in connection to an alleged incident at River Street, Clara, Co Offaly on May 27 2020.

Prosecution Counsel Garnet Orange SC, revealed Mr Machado Filho, who is in custody, could be arraigned on two firearms related counts in connection to the incident.

They included the possessions of a 9mm sub machine gun and four 12 gauge shotgun cartridges.

Mr Machado Filho, who was wearing a yellow jacket and blue trousers, lodged both guilty pleas through a Portuguese interpreter.

Three other men have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a total of 12 years arising from the incident.

Ildomar Cabrar Da Silva (29) of no fixed abode, Jefferson Dos Santos (35) and Hugo Henrique Rodrigues (23), both of Ballymahon, Co Longford all pleaded guilty to firearms offences and breaching Covid-19 regulations.

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Jefferson Dos Santos (34) of Inny Court, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

Jefferson Dos Santos (34) of Inny Court, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

Jefferson Dos Santos (34) of Inny Court, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

They were sentenced last December at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court over what Judge Keenan Johnson described was an incident that could have ended in fatalities.

The gang, it was revealed, were wearing plastic gloves when stopped and arrested by gardai while travelling through Clara village armed with a sub machine gun and a shotgun along with ammunition.

The court heard their objective was to "frighten a particular individual" but that the planned use of firearms had the capacity to go "fatally wrong".

It had previously been revealed the gang had got lost twice on the way to their intended target and were using ill-equipped weapons as part of the alleged enterprise.

Mr Machado Filho was remanded in custody until June 29, 2020.

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