A MAJOR probe is under way after a prison officer’s uniform was discovered by gardai at a Kinahan cartel safehouse.
The Irish Sun can reveal the item was recovered when local cops swooped on the pad in Finglas, north Dublin, last week.
During the raid, officers recovered small amounts of drugs, clothing and electronic equipment — but they were shocked to discover the Irish Prison Service uniform.
One theory is that the uniform was to be used by young associates of the Kinahan-backed gangster ‘Mr Flashy’ in a brazen attempt to smuggle drugs into a Dublin prison.
The raid at the property was undertaken by the divisional drug unit from Finglas Garda Station under Operation Tara.
A source said: “The discovery of this uniform is quite sinister and could have been used for a number of reasons.
“It could have been used to get drugs into the prison or for one of their associates to have more access to a prison — it could have been anything.
“It might have been used to allow someone to walk around the front of the prison to throw drugs over the wall.
“The (raided) place was also used in the past to store drugs but there’s been a lot of panic in recent days due to increased Garda activity in the area.
“The question now is to establish how people connected to organised crime had access to the clothing.”
SEARCH UNDER WARRANT
A Garda spokeswoman said: “Gardai conducted a search under warrant at a residential premises in Finglas on Monday, July 20, 2020 at approximately 10.30pm.
“A number of items were seized during the course of the search including a small quantity of suspected cannabis herb, drug paraphernalia, clothing and electronic equipment.”
Cops are now trying to establish if the uniform was stolen from a prison officer.
The property targeted in the raid has been fitted with bullet-proof windows after Mr Flashy and his mob were involved in a number of feuds.
At present, Mr Flashy remains in Dublin despite the numerous attempts on his life.
A number of his pals have already been killed in the ongoing Coolock feud.
The pad has been used by Kinahan associates in the past and was also the scene of all-night parties.
Among those who have stayed at the pad in the past are slain gangster Sean Little and Mr Flashy’s close pal, Scott Capper.