£100,000 seized in swoop on car of drug gang
By TOM BRADY
Wednesday July 07 1999
A MAJOR Dublin drug trafficker and four of his suspected associates were arrested by gardai last night for alleged money laundering. Detectives from the garda national drugs unit in Harcourt Square seized almost stg£100,000 in a swoop on a car in the centre of Dublin. Gardai believe the money was to have been used as a down payment to purchase a large consignment of drugs for importation to this country.The drug trafficker, who has been shot twice in the past few years by members of rival gangs, is from the southside of the capital and is a former associate of murdered gangland boss, Martin ``The General'' Cahill.
The five suspects were arrested when the car was intercepted by gardai following a lengthy surveillance operation in the city.
The five were detained under section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1994, which deals with money laundering.
They were being held for questioning early today at Store Street garda station.
- TOM BRADY