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loaded weapon Two suspected members of 'up-and-coming' west Dublin gang arrested after shotgun seized

Their associates were previously targeted in a botched shooting at carpark in the Deansrath area of Clondalkin in June.

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Sawn-off shotgun. Stock photograph

Sawn-off shotgun. Stock photograph

Sawn-off shotgun. Stock photograph

Two suspected members of an “up-and-coming” west Dublin drugs gang remain in garda custody today after their arrest last night when detectives seized a loaded sawn-off shotgun.

The main target of the surveillance operation by gardai is a 22-year-old drug dealer who has been increasingly on the garda radar in the last couple of years.

Sources say that some associates of the arrested duo were targeted in a botched shooting at carpark in the Deansrath area of Clondalkin in late June which was linked to the local drugs trade.

No-one was injured in that incident when a gunman fired indiscriminately in broad daylight on the afternoon of June 29 last.

The 22-year-old main target is suspected of being a “main supplier” of drugs to people in his own community in Clondalkin and Lucan according to sources.

“This is an up-and-coming crew who have been getting more influential especially since the pandemic started last year,” a source pointed out.

Gardai announced details of the arrest operation this morning.

“On Monday, 16th August 2021, in the course of an ongoing intelligence led investigation undertaken by the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Special Crime Task Force, involving the targeting of organised crime activity in the Dublin Metropolitan Region have seized a firearm and arrested two men,” a garda spokesman said.

“The arrests were made at approximately 7:30pm yesterday evening, Monday 16th August 2021, following the interception of a vehicle, involving participation by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), at Ballyowen Road, Lucan, Co Dublin.

“A loaded firearm understood to be a sawn-off shotgun, was seized following a search of the vehicle and its occupants.

“The two arrested men (41 and 22), are currently detained at Ronanstown Garda station, pursuant to the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who heads Organised and Serious Crime within the Garda Síochána said: "This was another successful operation undertaken by the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, assisted by other units, including the Special Crime Task Force and Emergency Response Unit, which has potential to prevent threat to life or serious injury, arising from the seizure of a loaded firearm”.

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