Three held over seizure of assault rifles, pistolsFriday 25 March 2016 22.27
Three men are being questioned in connection with a major firearms seizure in Co Meath yesterday evening.
Gardaí seized two AK-47 assault rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition, along with two semi-automatic pistols and silencers, which they suspect could be connected to one of Dublin's two feuding criminal gangs.
Three men in their 30s were arrested in connection with the seizure.
One of the men has close connections with a gang linked to Gary Hutch, who was murdered in Spain last September.
The men are being held at Ashbourne and Kells Garda Stations.
The operation was led by officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
The arms finds were made when armed officers from the Emergency Response Unit stopped two cars - one in Ratoath, the other outside the village.
Two AK47 assault rifles and more than 200 rounds of ammunition for the weapons were found in the first car.
Shortly afterwards, the second car was stopped on the Fairyhouse road in Ratoath. Two semi automatic pistols, silences and more ammunition were found.
As part of the investigation there was another follow up search at Rath Lodge in Ashbourne.
Gardaí described the seizure as highly significant and believe they intercepted a large quantity of weapons that were being transported most likely for use by one of the gangs in the feud.
Gardaí are also investigating the death of Noel Duggan who was shot dead as he sat in his car outside his home at the Old Mill estate in Ratoath this week.