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Tuesday 12 December 2017

15 arrests in garda swoop on drug ring

DETECTIVES aiming to smash drug rings working in Dublin have arrested 15 people in a number of swoops on the northside of the city.

In a 72-hour period, gardai from Clontarf and Raheny Garda Stations carried out the arrests of the suspects for involvement in the sale and supply of heroin and crack cocaine.

More than 29 charges have already been preferred against those arrested in the co-ordinated garda operations.

The high number of arrests are part of an ongoing major garda investigation into drug trafficking in the north city.

Operation Boa has been under way for the past six months and has involved a significant number of gardai working undercover.

The concerted campaign by the gardai has achieved the dismantling of a number of significant drug distribution networks operating in the Kilbarrack area of Dublin.

The Drug Unit, based at Clontarf garda station, has gathered evidence against significant targets, all of whom are expected to face multiple charges of drug supply.

During the course of searches carried out in the past three days, further amounts of controlled drugs have also been seized.

A senior garda source said: "The focus of this operation has been to gather evidence against significant drug dealers in local communities and ensure these persons are brought before the courts."

He added: "An Garda Siochana is committed to tackling the supply of drugs at all levels in keeping with our commitments to the National Drug Strategy."

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