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Monday 23 October 2017

Two arrests as €300,000 of drugs seized in raids

Some of the seized drugs
Some of the seized drugs

Drugs worth €300,000 have been seized following operations by gardai this week.

A man in his mid-20s, from the Huntstown area of Blanchardstown, was arrested by detectives during a raid in the town on Thursday.

Sources said the suspect was not considered to be a serious criminal.

"As a result of confidential information received by gardai from Blanchardstown, a house was searched in Huntstown Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, on the evening of May 4," a statement from gardai said.

During the course of the search, gardai discovered cannabis resin with an approximate street value of €247,000.

Cocaine with a value of €43,000 and ecstasy tablets with an approximate value of €1,150 were also seized.

Detained

A man was arrested and taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station.

He was detained under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking ) Act 1996.

In a separate incident earlier in the week, gardai targeting drug dealers in the Crumlin area arrested a 16-year-old and seized almost €10,000 worth of drugs.

Officers from the local drug unit, supported by gardai attached to Sundrive Road Garda Station, raided a property in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.

The raid was the result of a surveillance operation put in place as part of an investigation into drug dealing in the Crumlin area.

After gardai entered the property, they recovered the stash of cannabis.

A 16-year-old male, who was in the house at the time the officers raided the property, was arrested and taken to Crumlin Garda Station for questioning.

A source said the raid was part of an operation to target street dealers in the area.

It also formed part of a garda spotlight on dismantling the operations of younger criminals.

"There is particular concern over younger people having access to such a large value of drugs, and pressure has been increased by local gardai to stamp out drug dealing in the Crumlin/Drimnagh area," the source said.

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