Detectives seized imitation firearms and up to 100 swords and knives in a raid on a Dublin biker gang whose members led the procession at a Kinahan gang funeral.
Yesterday morning, heavily armed gardaí attached to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stormed the Crumlin base of the Chosen Few motorcycle club as part of an ongoing probe into the crew.
More than 30 gardaí were involved in the dawn raid and ERU officers had to cut down a large metal gate at the front of the property using specialist equipment to gain access.
Raid: Workmen remove broken gates at the biker gang’s 'compound' in Crumlin
Members of the Chosen Few biker gang led the cortege at the funeral of David Byrne after he was shot dead in the Regency Hotel three years ago.
The ERU was backed up by local gardaí from Sundrive Road and Crumlin, including members of the drugs and district detective units.
During a search of the headquarters, around 100 swords and knives as well as three replica weapons were seized by gardaí.
The property is the headquarters of the motorcycle gang and has been described as a "compound" with a number of small buildings inside.
"The raid has been planned for several months as part of an investigation into this biker gang," a source said. No arrests were made as part of the searches but investigations are ongoing, with the operation described as "exploratory".
A small amount of cash and drugs were also recovered by gardaí.
Gardaí believe that the biker gang is headed by a father and son, with six people at the core of the motorbike crew. Four members were present when the raid took place.