€285k drugs and €100k cash found in gang raid
Gardai have seized more than €285,000 worth of heroin and €100,000 in cash during follow-up searches targeting one of the capital's most prolific drug gangs.
Detectives, who continued a detailed search all day at stables in Pelletstown, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, discovered the haul yesterday morning.
Two men remained in garda custody last night at Blanchardstown and Finglas stations after their arrests on Tuesday morning.
They are a 23-year-old man and the 35-year-old target of the major operation by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and the Special Task Force.
On Monday, gardai seized a submachine gun and €60,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin as well as €50,000 in cash.
Senior sources said gardai were confident there were more drugs stashed in the area, and so it proved.
"This is a great capture against a gang that has been one of the most active in the capital in the last couple of years," a senior source said.
"The 35-year-old in custody has just been getting bigger and bigger in terms of organised crime recently, so it's viewed as a major success that he has been busted in this operation."
Two months ago, the man's gang was the focus of a major operation in which €120,000 in cash was seized from them in a raid led by officers from the DOCB who swooped on two properties in the Islandbridge area of Dublin.
A suspect was arrested and detained at Kilmainham Garda Station in relation to the January cash seizure but was later released without charge.
Gardai have become increasingly concerned about the activities of the 35-year-old, whose mob is a major heroin and cocaine trafficker in the west Dublin area, particularly Ballyfermot, and in the south inner city.
A close associate of the arrested thug was murdered more than a decade ago by brutal gangland enforcer Mark 'Guinea Pig' Desmond, who was himself shot dead in Lucan last December.
Gardai have been investigating whether the 35-year-old's gang was behind Desmond's murder last year.
They are also suspected of trying to kill him almost seven years ago.
During the April 2010 incident, three man tried to shoot Desmond as he drove a quad bike in the Memorial Park, Ballyfermot.