Saturday 22 October 2016

€500k worth of drugs seized in one of three raids


A huge drugs consignment was seized in Dublin yesterday after gardai stopped two cars on the northside of the capital.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the activity of a Dublin drugs gang, members of the newly formed Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit swooped on two cars that were passing through the Coolock/Santry area. While carrying out searches of the vehicles, officers discovered a large amount of cannabis herb worth approximately €500k.

Four males, aged 27, 30, 36 and 58, were arrested in relation to the seizure.

The four men are currently being detained at Ballymun and Coolock Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996.

Members of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit are also currently carrying out follow up searches in relation to the seizure.

A garda spokesperson said that the seizures were carried out using "advanced" garda resources.

"These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks. Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities."

The seizures followed an unrelated search of a halting site in the Baldoyle area yesterday morning. Dozens of gardai raided the site in Moyne Park, on the Moyne Road shortly after 11am.

No arrests were made in relation to the searches.

In a separate raid on Wednesday, three people were arrested after gardai from the Finglas District Drugs Unit discovered €15k worth of cocaine in the Finglas west area. Three people, including a man aged in his 20s, a juvenile male and a juvenile female, were arrested in relation to the incident.

All three have since been released and files are being prepared to the Garda Office for Children & Youth Affairs and to the Director of Public Prosecutions.


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