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Tuesday 25 July 2017

€3.8m drugs haul linked to one of city's most dangerous gangs

The seizure of drugs was part of a month-long investigation
The seizure of drugs was part of a month-long investigation

A massive €3.8m drug seizure has been linked to one of the capital's most dangerous drugs gangs.

The huge bust, near Ashbourne, Co Meath, was part of a month-long investigation by specialist detectives.

In total, 160kg of suspected cannabis herb, around 30kg of pure MDMA powder, and 2.5kg of cannabis resin were seized in the operation, which was carried out by Ashborne gardai.

A 31-year-old Co Meath man remained in garda custody last night at Kells Garda Station.

He was being questioned about the massive haul, which was allegedly found in a shed.

The gang being targeted by gardai are believed to have set up a massive criminal operation importing cannabis from the Netherlands into Ireland via the postal system.

The organiser has barely any previous convictions, despite being one of the main targets of the international police investigation, codenamed Operation Majesty, which was revealed in September 2013.

At that time, gardai released details that €2.5m in cash and €2.5m of cannabis herb, along with firearms, ammunition, grenades and luxury cars, had been seized in Ireland and across Europe in connection with the operation.

Robber

The gangster in control of the intricate criminal operation is a 39-year-old.

He works very closely with his younger brother in Liverpool.

They were both very close associates of Sean Dunne, a well-known armed robber and drug dealer who disappeared in Spain in 2004.

He is presumed to have been murdered.

Operation Majesty was revealed after gardai targeted the gang boss in separate raids that led to the seizure of €4.4m of drugs and thousands of euro of contraband cigarettes.

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