Irish Mob Busted: 23 Arrests
Written by JAMES HAWKE
There is a continous fight against crime in the City of Los Santos and surrounding area. This week has seen the take-down of one of Los Santos' most notorious Irish Mobs. Read this TraceNews exclusive on the casefile that has shook the criminal underworld.
A few months ago, detectives of the Los Santos Police Department's VICE unit and the San Andreas Sheriffs Department's Investigations Unit contacted eachother about the increasing presence of the Irish mob in the Los Santos underworld, they understood it was slowly and surely going to be a problem and had to find a way to solve that problem. With that thought in their head, a joint taskforce was created simply under the name 'Irish Mob Task Force' that included thirteen detectives from the LSPD and SASD's investigations unit. Their aim was to find a way to rid the city of the Irish Mob and then remove it; in order to strike right at the centre of criminal activities in Los Santos.
There had been months and months of investigations, meetings and extensive planning leading up to thursday of last week. After going through the Chief Justice, the go ahead was given for 'Operation Shamrock' to begin which resulted in the posting of the arrest warrants for members of the notorious Irish Mob. Detectives organized a hit squad of thirty tactically trained SWAT and TRU Officers to carry out the raids on the mob's assets as well as carry out the arrest warrants.
Shamrock began with a raid on the mob's warehouse and black market located in Las Venturas and Los Santos. The two teams split up, the Special Weapons and Tactics unit going to the black market at Ocean Docks whilst the Tactical Response Unit headed towards Las Venturas to raid the warehouse there. On scene at the Ocean Docks black market, a fifteen strong SWAT team accompanied by detectives blocked off the surrounding area in which from behind the roadblocks they could be seen loading crates of unknown material into their enforcer. Two arrests were also made on scene before the units drove off, heading into the Police Department garage.
The Tactical Response Unit soon arrived as well and entered the garage. There was no activity for fifteen minutes until suddenly a convoy shot off in the direct of East Los Santos. TRU and SWAT scrambled after them to find them hiding in the Underground Parking Lot seconds away from the Jack Rabbits bar. We watched as noticed detectives we'd seen on the previous scene enter the bar. Everything went quiet, only the ambience of the city could be heard before an army of sirens rung out as a flash of tactical officers swarmed outside of the bar, quickly forcing their way inside. A few minutes later, three suspects were being lined up outside as well as an extra two who'd be arrested outside by uniformed patrol officers.
After they moved out, our source has stated that it was simply a grab and arrest idea after the main set of raids. One by one, the warrants were handled by detectives, SWAT and TRU and within thirty-eight hours all warrants had been acted on and completed. We ourselves were on scene for the arrest of the boss of operations 'Michael O'Reilly' who had taken over from 'Francis O'Reilly' to continue Los Santos Operations. Mr. O'Reilly himself was never known to really get involved in the daily activties of the mob and tried to keep quiet, unfortunately for him not quiet enough.
On an overall count of the statistics for the operation; 81 people were investigated by 13 detectives. Out of them 81, 72 were identified with 10 presumed to be influential within the mob with 71 classed as members and associates of the organization. When it came to arrests, 23 people were arrested with 9 of them being classed as influential and 14 being members/associates of the Irish Mob. Out of the identified suspects, 46 out of 81 were declared missing/deceased. Unfortunately, 1 detective was also killed during investigations.