Encrypted devices found as gardaí carry out organised crime raids

Man (24) released without charge after being questioned in relation to drug trafficking

 Garda Armed Support Unit, in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda Armed Support Unit, in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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A 24-year-old man was arrested in Dublin on Wednesday on suspicion of drug trafficking after a series of raids in the capital targeting organised crime.

The man was questioned by gardaí in the city’s Bridewell after they seized a quantity of heroin during the searches, which were aimed at disrupting the work of the Kinahan gang.

The man was later released without charge and gardaí said a file would be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A garda spokesman said a number of “encrypted communications devices” were seized in the course of seven searches at properties in the north and south inner city.

Assistant Commissioner, John O’Driscoll, who heads Special Crime Operations (SCO) said: “The searches undertaken this morning represent further evidence of the Garda Siochána’s unrelenting efforts to dismantle organised crime groups (OCGs) that are involved in drug trafficking and a wide range of other criminality and who are attempting to murder particular people”.

The operation was carried out by personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) supported by the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) and personnel within DMR North Central division.

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