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Saturday 21 October 2017

Suspect in €108k drug bust 'moving haul for Kinahans'

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A West Dublin man who was busted with €108,000 of cannabis resin is suspected of moving the drugs for the deadly Kinahan cartel.

The 36-year-old from Huntstown and his girlfriend remain in custody at Blanchardstown Garda Station after they were arrested on Wednesday evening.

The man is suspected of being part of the cartel's so-called "logistics section" and the seizure is just the latest garda success against the international crime mob.

Intercepted

"As part of ongoing investigations targeting serious criminal activity in the Dublin Region conducted by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Serious Crime Task Force, a vehicle was intercepted in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin at approximately 7pm on Wednesday," a garda spokesman said.

"During this stop and search operation, five kilos of cannabis resin was seized and a male in his 30s was arrested for drug trafficking offences.

"A follow-up search at an address in the Ashbourne area resulted in the seizure of an additional 18 kilos of cannabis resin and the arrest of a woman in her 30s."

The male suspect has barely any previous convictions but he is suspected of being involved in "moving stuff" for the gang, according to sources.

In January, paranoia within the murderous crime outfit was said to be at "unprecedented levels" after €37m of drugs, 15 weapons and more than €400,000 in cash and from bank accounts were seized in a number of days.

Meanwhile, gardai arrested a 47-year-old Albanian national in a separate operation in Clondalkin yesterday.

"As part of ongoing investigations targeting drug importations into this jurisdiction, a Joint Intelligence-led operation was conducted by the Revenue's Customs Service, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force, a garda spokesman said.

"During this operation a vehicle was intercepted in the Clondalkin area on Thursday and a 47-year-old male was arrested.

"Approximately 34kg of herbal cannabis, with an estimated value of €680,000, was seized."

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