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Friday 18 August 2017

Three held as €270k cocaine seized in raid

Cocaine believed to be worth around €270,000 has been seized by gardai in a raid on a house in Clondalkin in Dublin overnight.

Gardai also made three arrests during the planned operation which was part of ongoing intelligence-led operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Ronanstown area.

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Gardai from Ronanstown carried out the planned search of a house in St Marks Avenue at approximately 9pm last night and the drugs were found on the premises.

A 26-year-old man, a 53-year-old man, and a 25-year-old woman were all arrested at the scene.

The older man is being held at Ronanstown Garda Station while the two younger suspects were being held at Lucan.

They are being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act.

It is understood that officers have been involved in a number of surveillance operations in the St Mark's estate in recent weeks as they attempt to target a local drugs gang.

Last night's bust is just the latest success that officers have had in combating drug-dealing across the country this week.

On Monday, a man and a woman were arrested after the seizure of €63,000 worth of drugs at Berryfield Drive in Finglas, north Dublin.

Gardaí - assisted during the operation by the Garda Dog Unit - uncovered cannabis and cocaine along with some cash and drug paraphernalia.

CRIMES

According to the latest crime figures from the Central Statistics Office, of crimes recorded in the 12 months to the end of June this year, there were 300 additional drugs offences in this period.

This represents an increase of 1.9pc, bringing the number of recorded drugs crimes to 15,699.

Most of these offences were for possession of drugs for personal use, which showed an increase of 2.2pc to 11,301.

kfoy@herald.ie

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