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Drugs bust Gardai seize drugs worth €1,800 in raid on 'reckless' e-scooter gang criminal

He is suspected of being one of a number of up-and-coming criminals who the Herald revealed last July were sourcing American bulldogs which then have their ears cut off to make them appear more vicious.

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An Armed Support Unit breach the door of the Finglas house

An Armed Support Unit breach the door of the Finglas house

An Armed Support Unit breach the door of the Finglas house

This is the moment armed gardaí raided a north Dublin property as part of an operation targeting a reckless young criminal.

The target of the raid by the Garda's Armed Support Unit (ASU) was a thug aged in his early 20s with close links to slain criminal Paul 'Farmer' Martin (39) who was shot dead in the Jolly Toper pub in Finglas on August 23, 2008.

He is suspected of being one of a number of up-and-coming criminals who the Herald revealed last July were sourcing American bulldogs which then have their ears cut off to make them appear more vicious.

The unfortunate dogs are then sold on to other criminals for figures of up to €5,000.

Armed gardaí pounced on the property in Kippure Park, Finglas, at 9.15pm on Saturday, where cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1,300 and €500 of cocaine was seized.

Sources say that gardaí had observed a "constant stream" of teenagers on electric scooters arriving at the property in the days before the raid to collect quantities of cannabis herb and cocaine, which are then sold in street deals in the Finglas area.

In September last year we revealed how young dealers are using electric bikes and electric scooters to deal crack cocaine and cannabis in the northside suburb.

"This crew have links to the 'Mr Flashy' gang but they are doing their own thing. While they might do business with that crowd, the information is that they are mostly getting their supply from the 'Monkey gang' in terms of the cannabis they are selling," a source said.

A key enforcer for the target of this weekend's raid had been spotted at the Finglas property in recent weeks and he was a close associate of David 'Fred' Lynch, who was murdered by gangland serial killer Robbie Lawlor in 2009.

It is understood that the property targeted on Saturday night has been raided a number of times in the past 18 months.

"On Saturday as part of ongoing investigations led by the Finglas Divisional Drugs Unit targeting local drugs distribution networks, a search was conducted of a house in the Kippure Park area of Finglas," a Garda spokesperson said.

The operation involved local drugs units, an Armed Support Unit (ASU), Air Support (GASU), a Regional Dog Unit and local K District and Task Force members.

A man in his 20s was arrested and detained for questioning at Finglas garda station.

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