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cash seizure Senior Hutch gang member arrested as gardai target his 'prolific' street dealing operation

The 27-year-old criminal who has served a number of jail sentences cannot be named here as he is facing serious drugs charges before the courts

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

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A senior member of the Hutch gang, who the Kinahan cartel blame for active involvement in the Regency Hotel bloodbath, has become one of the most prolific street dealers in the north inner city.

It has emerged that the volatile criminal who is related to fugitive mob boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was left “extremely annoyed” when gardaí seized a sum of over €2,000 in cash from him during a search operation last week.

He was arrested in the north inner city under money laundering legislation and questioned for a number of hours before being released without charge.

The 27-year-old criminal who has served a number of jail sentences cannot be named here as he is facing serious drugs charges before the courts.

“He has turned into a fairly prolific street dealer and it is evident that he is making a good few bob out of it. He was not happy to lose that cash,” a senior source said.

At one stage the 27-year-old was classified as one of the most dangerous armed robbers in the capital.

The development comes as sources say that the Hutch mob continue to be actively involved in the drugs trade and use a mixture of people “from all ages” in their trade.

“They are continuing to make a lot of money,” a source said pointing to the seizure of over €100,000 in cash which was discovered in a planned raid in north Dublin earlier this month which led to one arrest.

“All the indications are that this seized money had very close links to ‘The Monk’ – you are talking about an OCG (organised crime group) that is still very, very active,” the source added.

A European wide manhunt for the master criminal is ongoing this weekend after it emerged that he is to face a murder charge arising from the Regency Hotel attack which led to the fatal shooting of Kinahan cartel associate David Byrne in February, 2016.

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Meanwhile in a completely separate operation, a 41-year-old man was being questioned tonight in Store Street Garda Station after €104,000 of cannabis was seized in a joint operation.

The bust happened at an apartment complex in the Ferryman’s Crossing area of the north inner city when gardaí from the Revenue’s Customs Services were involved in the “controlled delivery” of approximately 2.5kgs cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €50,000 which had come into the country via the postal system.

When officers from the Store Street Divisional Drugs Unit and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) searched the apartment they discovered further 250 grams of cannabis herb and 700 grams of a substance suspected to be cocaine worth over €50,000.

The suspect who was arrested at the scene has no known links to gangland crime and gardaí say that the postal system is being increasingly used to get drugs into the country.

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