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Major operation Close pal of murdered Kinahan cartel criminal David Byrne arrested during CAB raid

The 41-year-old was detained at Ronanstown Garda Station where he was questioned about money laundering and drug dealing.

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David Byrne

David Byrne

David Byrne

The target of a major search operation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) this morning is a major drug dealer who was very friendly with Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel bloodbath in February, 2016.

The 41-year-old was arrested at his home in Lucan after gardai discovered €45,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis at the property during the CAB raid. He has previously been busted with significant amounts of cash and drugs.

He was detained at Ronanstown Garda Station where he was questioned about money laundering and drug dealing.

He was subsequently released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the investigation.

“This is an individual who has been operating on a large scale for a number of years. He was very friendly with David Byrne and a number of other criminals with links to the Kinahan cartel,” a source explained.

“He is also pals with a Dublin boxer who would have significant organised crime links. The arrested individual has been involved in serious crime for many years.

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Rolex watches seized by CAB

Rolex watches seized by CAB

Rolex watches seized by CAB

“He is a bit of a hapless character as he keeps on getting caught with drugs and cash and he has been a long term target for gardai but he is not a violent individual,” the source added.

He was previously busted with almost €20,000 of cocaine and a large amount of cash in 2014 at the same address that was raided yesterday and he was later jailed for three years for that offence.

He was also previously given a suspended sentence for drug dealing.

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Cash seized by CAB

Cash seized by CAB

Cash seized by CAB

Gardai announced details of their operation in a statement stating: “The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) with the assistance of the Garda Emergency Response Unit and the Revenue Customs Dog Unit conducted a search operation in the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR West) this morning Wednesday, 31st March, 2021.”

“The operation targeted a significant drug trafficker operating within this jurisdiction. The CAB investigation in to property and assets funded with the proceeds of crime was originally referred to the Criminal Assets Bureau by the DMR West Roads Policing Unit and prior to this mornings search had resulted in the seizure of €150,000 in cash.”

During the course of this morning’s search, CAB seized €64,000 in cash and froze €40,833 which was stored in a bank account.

Officers also found €45,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis along with a number of high end watches.

Three Rolex watches, one Hublot watch and one Audemars Piguet watch were taken by Gardai after they were found at the home.

Computers, drives, phones and documentation in relation to property ownership pertinent to the investigation were also taken.

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Watches seized by CAB

Watches seized by CAB

Watches seized by CAB

“This morning’s search operation is a positive development in an ongoing Criminal Assets Bureau investigation targeting assets accumulated by a significant drug trafficker,” a garda spokeswoman said.

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