Gangland target Mr Flashy hires protection muscle from two Dublin crime gangs after latest botched hit attempt
- 7:00, 22 Jun 2022
- Updated: 7:58, 22 Jun 2022
GANGLAND target ‘Mr Flashy’ is under the protection of two criminal gangs in the capital, The Irish Sun can reveal.
Gardai believe the young crime boss has sought sanctuary with gangsters based in the Crumlin and city centre areas as his enemies close in.
The godfather — the leader of the ‘Gucci Gang’ — is now staying at a safe house after the latest attempt on his life.
The hood, who recently spent time overseas, has been targeted by supporters of murder victim James ‘Whela’ Whelan, who was shot dead in April.
In the most recent attempt, Mr Flashy was targeted after shots were fired at a taxi he was sitting in with his brother in Tolka Valley Road, Finglas, on Monday afternoon.
On that occasion, no one was injured and two men were later arrested. Mr Flashy’s brother is not involved in crime.
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The arrested men are from Ballymun and Tallaght, leading to concerns that Whelan’s mob may have also received support from other gangs.
The incident happened as both factions continue to taunt each other on social media.
It’s the fourth time Mr Flashy’s enemies have failed to kill him in recent years.
Before Monday’s incident, the home of Whelan’s mother, Sonya, who’s not involved in crime, was also petrol bombed.
Gardai across the city are now on high alert over fears Flashy could be targeted as he moves around the capital.
One source said: “Flashy is running out of friends but he still has some people who are loyal to him.
“They are based in the Crumlin and city centre areas and they are dangerous crime gangs who also have access to firearms.
“Flashy is connected to the Crumlin gangs because of his association with a female and he has also provided muscle to them in the past.
“Like many similar feuds, there are concerns it could spread to other parts of the capital.”
Following Whelan’s murder on April 3, gardai received intelligence that Mr Flashy was recruiting teenagers as young as 14 to take part in his gang war.
His mob were being paid to firebomb the homes of Whelan and his associates. The youngsters were paid in designer clothes, footwear and bling.
After Whelan’s murder, a ‘Gucci Gang’ hit team targeted Whelan’s innocent brother in Dublin City Centre.
On that occasion, gunmen raked the wrong house with gunfire.
During the feud, there have been petrol bomb attacks, grenade attacks, brutal assaults, attempted abductions and shots fired at the homes of innocent people.
Gardai — who continue to swamp the Finglas area — have also seized firearms, recovered drugs and shut down the property Mr Flashy’s gang were using to plan attacks.
As Gardai continue to probe the violence linked to the feuding mobs, they have seized more than €1million worth of drugs and about €85,000 in cash.
Gardai have also been supported by the Armed Support Unit and the Emergency Response Unit as they bid to keep the warring factions apart.
Fifty people have also been charged with possessing drugs, while 25 people have been charged with possessing drugs with intent to supply.