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‘Family’ gang the chief suspects as man abducted from home and savagely tortured in caravan

Gardaí investigating abduction and torture of man in west Dublin. (Photos: Getty)

A major garda investigation is under way after a man was kidnapped from his west Dublin home and subjected to a savage and sustained assault.

The shocking incident happened last Friday and the victim was missing for a number of hours before he was found with horrific injuries in a caravan located several kilometres from his home.

It is understood the man was abducted from the Blanchardstown area where he lives and then brought to a location that is policed by Ronanstown gardaí on the other side of the capital.

Sources said he was tied up, slashed and badly beaten and “effectively tortured”.

A hammer and machete were understood to have been used.

Gardaí found the victim tied to a chair in the caravan after being alerted by associates of the targeted man.

Three men were seen fleeing the scene. It is understood there have been no arrests in the case.

The man required hospital treatment after his horrific ordeal.

Sources said that one line in the investigation was that associates of notorious drugs gang ‘The Family’ were behind the abduction and assault.

It is understood that a number of gang members had driven to the man’s property and forcibly removed him in the presence of at least one of his traumatised female relatives.

Independent.ie has contacted gardaí for comment on the case.

‘The Family’ gang are among Ireland’s most prolific drug dealing networks and are suspected of making millions of euro from trafficking in drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

They have been active players in the country’s drug scene for around two decades.

Their suspected leader, who is aged in his mid-40s, cannot be named here for legal reasons because he is facing serious charges before the courts.

The gang’s stronghold is in the Ballyfermot and Clondalkin areas of the capital. It has international contacts, particularly in Turkey and the UK, where they source their heroin for the Irish market.

‘The Family’ gang have been long-term targets for gardaí and have been subject to numerous raids and seizures by the Criminal Assets Bureau, which has searched car dealerships connected to them.

At one stage they were being investigated for last summer’s gangland gun murder of criminal Gary ‘The Canary’ Carey in Dublin but associates of convicted criminal Derek “Dee Dee” O’Driscoll are now the chief suspects for that crime.

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