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Saturday 24 August 2019

€1m drugs and four guns seized in Drogheda feud clampdown

Gardai have increased their patrols in Drogheda
Gardai have increased their patrols in Drogheda

Gardai have seized four firearms and more than €1m worth of drugs during separate organised crime operations in Dublin.

Two of the semi-automatic pistols were found during an investigation into criminals involved in the ongoing Drogheda feud.

A vehicle was stopped yesterday afternoon near Main Street, Tallaght, by armed officers and a 36-year-old man was arrested by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

During a search of the vehicle, two 9mm pistols were recovered. The man, who is from Drogheda, is being held at Crumlin Garda Station.

Twenty-five rounds of 9mm ammunition were also seized.

During a follow-up search of a house in Drogheda, drugs with an estimated street value of €40,000 were seized.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and is being held at Drogheda Garda station.

A senior source said detectives are satisfied the two weapons recovered in Tallaght were linked to the Drogheda feud, which has seen a number of murder attempts and violent incidents.

It is believed a weapons hand-over had taken place, or was about to take place, when gardai swooped.

Targeting

In a separate operation on Thursday, DOCB detectives targeting organised crime in the Tallaght area seized firearms and €1m worth of cannabis, cocaine and diazepam tablets.

Two semi-automatic .22 calibre pistols along with 20 rounds of .22 ammunition were recovered.

A 49-year-old woman was arrested after gardai searched a premises on the Greenhills Road. She is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station.

DOCB detectives were assisted by members of the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) during the search operations along with gardai from the Louth division.

Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll said a priority for gardai was those in possession of firearms.

"We continue to engage in targeted operational activity, with a view to dismantling organised crime groups," he said.

"The seizure of firearms and the arrest of those who possess them is a particular target. This is reflected in the fact that, through the seizure of two firearms yesterday and another two today, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau alone has seized over 100 firearms since it was established in March 2015."

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