€1.64m drug raids lead to seven arrests
DUBLIN gardai arrested seven men in connection with separate seizures of drugs worth a combined €1.64m.
In Ballyboughal, North Co Dublin, at 7.30pm yesterday, detectives from the Garda National Drugs Unit raided an industrial unit and discovered a cannabis cultivation facility.
The officers were assisted in the operation by members of the Balbriggan and Coolock Drugs Units.
Gardai seized about 1,500 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €600,000 and freshly harvested herbal cannabis worth €240,000.
A man in his 20s, two others in their 30s and a man in his 40s were arrested and detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996, at Raheny and Santry garda stations.
Separately, detectives from the GNDU carried out a search of an apartment in Inchicore in the south city area.
During the operation, some 60,000 ecstasy tablets herbal cannabis, cocaine and heroine worth an estimated €650,000 were seized.
Two men, aged in their 30s and 50s, were arrested.
They were detained at Kevin Street and Kilmainham garda stations under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 2006.
As part of the same investigation, gardai confiscated heroin worth €150,000 when they carried out a search at an apartment complex in Chapelizod on Monday evening.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene.
He was released pending the preparation of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The remaining six individuals were still in custody this morning.