The middle-aged Estonian man arrested during a Gardaí raid on a property in Dublin on Tuesday is Imre Arakas, known as "The Butcher," Estonian daily Postimees reported.
Irish national broadcaster RTÉ previously reported that Gardaí — or Irish national police — in Dublin had arrested a suspected gunman, identified as an Estonian citizen aged 58. The Estonian was one of three men detained after armed officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) forcibly entered the house in Blakestown, West Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.
Gardaí are checking with Interpol and police in Eastern Europe but say that the Estonian is known to police forces abroad.
According to the report, the suspect was brought to Ireland by the Kinahan crime gang and was known by the nickname "The Butcher."
A list of names of family members and associates of what is known as the Hutch gang as well as cocaine worth €5,000 were also discovered in the house.
The two other men arrested were Irishmen in their 50s and 30s, one of whom is known as an associate of the Kinahan gang.
Arakas and the older Irishman are being detained under anti-gang legislation and can be questioned for up to seven days. The man in his 30s is being held on suspicion of possession of drugs.
'Wanted in several countries'
Daily The Irish Sun reported that the raid on the West Dublin property took place on Tuesday morning and that the alleged contract killer is wanted in several countries on suspicion of murder. It is understod that the alleged hitman had a number of disguises on his person when he was arrested by the Gardaí.
The Kinahan gang has targeted several members of the Hutch family in its feud with the North Dublin inner city gang. Cartel boss Christy Kinahan is thought to have reached out to several well-known hitmen in his efforts to wipe out Gerry "The Monk" Hutch and his associates, according to The Irish Sun.
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