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Saturday 3 December 2016

Garda raids net €260k cash from cars, homes

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Officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit stopped two cars in the Blanchardstown area on Saturday, and then conducted a follow-up raid
Officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit stopped two cars in the Blanchardstown area on Saturday, and then conducted a follow-up raid

More than €250,000 has been seized in two separate raids by gardai investigating organised crime in west Dublin.

As part of an ongoing crackdown in the capital, gardai from the Drugs and Organised Crime Unit stopped and searched two cars in the Blanchardstown area at 9.30am on Saturday.

During the course of the search, officers found €160,000 in cash in the vehicles.

Two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 40s, were arrested at the scene and detained.

They were held for questioning at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

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In a follow-up operation, officers searched houses in the Clonsilla and Neilstown areas and uncovered €100,000 in cash in a property in Clonsilla.

A woman in her 30s was arrested and held at Blanchards-town Garda Station.

She was later released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Both men remained in custody for continued questioning last night.

The weekend raids are the latest in ongoing investigations into crime in the west Dublin area.

These and previous raids have resulted in several sizeable seizures of drugs and cash and seriously impaired the activities of crime gangs.

Many of the operations carried out to date have been intelligence-based and involve multiple garda agencies working together.

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