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CAB RAID Major drug dealer targeted by CAB was already on bail pending trial on drugs, weapon and fraud charge

Cash, coke and cannabis found in raid on the home of ‘hapless character’

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Armed Gardai and members of the CAB outside Liam Byrne's home where the raids took place.

Armed Gardai and members of the CAB outside Liam Byrne's home where the raids took place.

Armed Gardai and members of the CAB outside Liam Byrne's home where the raids took place.

A major drug dealer targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau last week was already on bail pending trial on drugs, weapon and fraud charges.

The Sunday World understands the 41-year-old is due to face trial later this year before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

The target was formerly a close friend of Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel in February 2016.

The man was arrested at his home in Lucan, Co Dublin, on Wednesday after gardai discovered €45,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis at the property during the CAB raid.

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

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He was released without charge on Wednesday night and a file has been prepared for the DPP.

"This is an individual who has been operating on a large scale for a number of years," a source told the Sunday World.

"He was very friendly with David Byrne, his older brother Liam and a number of other criminals with links to the Kinahan cartel," a source said.

"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.

"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 man was previously arrested with almost €20,000 of cocaine and a large amount of cash in 2014 at the same address that was raided this week and he was later jailed for three years for that offence.

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

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

Officers also found a number of luxury watches.

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

"This 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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