CAB Operation Gardai raid headquarters of biker gang with suspected links to Kinahan cartel members
The Criminal Assets Bureau were backed up by armed gardai when they carried out a major search of a biker gang’s fortified headquarters this morning.
CAB officers could be seen examining property and vehicles at the compound which is located in the Windmill Road area of Crumlin.
This is the second major garda raid at the property this year after a large scale search operation there in January.
Two suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of money laundering in this morning’s operation in which €4,000 in cash was seized.
Gardai announced details of the massive raid this morning revealing they searched “a single, heavily fortified compound” as part of a probe being carried out by CAB and the detective unit at Crumlin Garda Station.
A spokeswoman explained that 10 motorcycles including BMW and Harley Davidson models as well as a BMW were seized as well as a Ford Ranger jeep and a Volkswagen Scirocco.
“Today’s search operation targeted a criminal grouping aligned to a number of Organised Crime Groups involved in drug trafficking and organised criminality nationally,” she said.
“Today marks a significant development in an ongoing money laundering and proceeds of crime investigation,” she added.
The search operation was conducted by the Criminal Assets Bureau in conjunction with Crumlin District personnel and supported by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Air Support Unit, Armed Support Unit and the Customs Dog Unit.
The ERU were called in to breach and secure the property before gardai attached to Sundrive Road and Crumlin garda stations searched the premises in a search operation led by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) in January’s operation.
In a huge blow to the biker mob, a total of €135,000 in cash was seized by gardaí at their “headquarters” Windmill Road in Crumlin following that operation.
A quantity of cannabis, a van and two motorcycles were also seized during the course of the search.
The gang are linked to the drug trade in Dublin and the South East and have been a prime target for local gardai in recent years and their headquarters was previously raided in February, last year.
In that raid dozens of knives and three imitation firearms were recovered.
The biker gang has six core members and is led by a man in his 50s who was arrested as a part of a separate operation last January.
The group came to prominence in February, 2016, when a number of its members led the funeral cortège of David Byrne (33), who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.
The bikers led a large convoy of stretch limos carrying Byrne's family and associates, with dozens of prominent mourners dressed in matching black suits and blue shirts.
Senior members of the gang were involved an incident in Clonroche, Co Wexford, at 10am on January 9 last in which a gun was allegedly pulled on a former associate by senior biker gang members who were attempting to get cash from him.
The target previously had to flee the country a number of years ago because of threats from the Kinahan linked biker gang whom he previously associated.
After the Clonroche incident, four members of the biker crime group aged between their 30’s and 50’s were arrested on the motorway near Naas, Co Kildare, on suspicion of making threats to kill with a firearm in Co Wexford before fleeing back to Dublin.
The biker crew were arrested near Naas in Co Kildare by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) as they were on their way back to the capital.
However, no firearm was recovered and the four suspects including the suspected leader of the biker gang spent a number of days in custody being questioned by gardai before being released without charge.