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Friday 9 December 2016

€2.2m of drugs found in fire extinguishers at two separate busts

Drugs found at Blanchardstown
Drugs found at Blanchardstown

The second major haul of drugs to be found in fire extinguishers this week has been intercepted by gardai and customs officers.

In the latest bust, more than 11 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of €784,000 were seized after a freight vehicle was stopped as it got off a ferry at Dublin Port.

The interception happened shortly after midnight on Thursday, and the 37-year-old driver of the truck remained in custody at Store Street Garda Station last night where he was being questioned about the seizure.

It has emerged that he is a Laois man who was not previously known to gardai.

The bust is one of the biggest cocaine seizures in Ireland for many months.

"As part of an intelligence-led joint operation between Revenue's Customs Service and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau of An Garda Siochana, approximately 11.2 kilos of cocaine with an estimated value of €784,000, pending analysis ,was seized following the search of a freight vehicle at Dublin Port," a garda spokesman said.

The discovery of the massive cocaine haul happened only 24 hours after around €1.5m worth of heroin was also seized in fire extinguishers being transported on a different truck in a completely separate operation.

The huge heroin haul was seized on the Naas Road near Rathcoole, after the truck was followed from Dublin Port.

Two men have been charged over that seizure.

In what has been a bumper week for Drugs Squad gardai in the capital, a Blanchardstown man in his early 30s remained in custody after a separate operation on Thursday.

Prescription

Following a search of a house in the Blanchardstown area, officers discovered and seized €880,000 worth of prescription pills.

Some 300,000 zopiclone tablets worth €600,000 along with 280,000 diazepam tablets with an estimated value of €280,000 were seized.

Heroin with a street value of around €3,600 and €2,400 worth of cannabis was also found.

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