You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Kinahan plot to flood Ireland with guns and drugs smashed as UK police team up with gardai to make Birmingham Airport arrests

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 3 days ago Cormac Byrne

Gardai and UK cops have hit the Kinahan gang with a huge blow after smashing a plan to flood Ireland and Britain with drugs and firearms. © getty Gardai and UK cops have hit the Kinahan gang with a huge blow after smashing a plan to flood Ireland and Britain with drugs and firearms. Gardai and UK cops have hit the Kinahan gang with a huge blow after smashing a plan to flood Ireland and Britain with drugs and firearms.

Two have been arrested at Birmingham Airport this morning as part of the operation by the UK's National Crime Agency with gardai backing up their efforts.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Members of the Gardai travelled to the UK to take part in the swoop © NCA Members of the Gardai travelled to the UK to take part in the swoop A 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply drugs, guns, and ammo, as well as offences related to money laundering.

A second man, aged 20, was also arrested at the airport.

Download the all-new Microsoft News app to receive up-to-the minute news from the world’s best sources – available now on iOS and Android

Members of the Gardai travelled to the UK to take part in the swoop.

Both men were being quizzed at a Staffordshire police station on Saturday afternoon.

NCA officers, supported by Staffordshire Police, also launched a search of a property in Birmingham.  

UP NEXT
UP NEXT
The NCA said the arrests and searches were part of an investigation into the activities of an organised crime network alleged to be involved in the supply of drugs and firearms.

Gardai appeal for witnesses after alleged assault in Dublin tourist hotspot

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll said: "For the purpose of tackling organised crime groups An Garda Siochána has commenced the new year in the manner in which it intends to proceed in 2019, by engaging in the most impactful possible co-operation with law enforcement authorities, at an international level.

"In this regard the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) is one of our most important allies, with whom we share a common desire to put organised crime groups who operate within the common travel area out of business.

"An Garda Síochána will not make any comment regarding any particular operation which is currently ongoing.”

AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Dublin Live

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon