€2M cannabis bust smashes smuggling ring across border
Gardai and customs officers believe they have cracked a major cross-border drug-smuggling conspiracy after seizing almost €2m of cannabis.
A major surveillance and intelligence operation led to the massive bust, which resulted in the arrests of three men at a Clondalkin warehouse.
In a follow-up search in Northern Ireland, the PSNI arrested a woman and seized half a kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of €35,000.
The three men arrested at the industrial unit in Clondalkin are aged 32, 49, 57, and they were still being questioned last night at Ballyfermot and Clondalkin Garda Stations.
One of the suspects is from Dublin, another is an Indian national, while the third man is from Northern Ireland.
"Garda have established that these drugs were destined for Northern Ireland," a senior source told the Herald.
"There is a belief that a cross-border trafficking ring has now been dismantled.
"The PSNI worked closely with gardai and Revenue in relation to this seizure, which is one of the biggest cannabis busts of the year."
Yesterday, gardai and Revenue both announced details of the seizure of the 98kg of herbal cannabis, which they value at €1.96m. Gardai said the Security and Intelligence section was also involved in the intelligence operation.
The huge haul was discovered in two crates in the industrial unit and the three suspects were arrested at the scene.
Detectives believe that the drugs had only just been smuggled into Dublin and were due to be driven to the North.
Gardai said the operation was carried out by the cross-jurisdictional Joint Agency Task Force (JATF).
"The JATF sees cross-border co-operation across a range of policing areas and is of significant benefit to keeping our communities safe and secure, as well as continuing joint activity on issues such as rural policing and intelligence sharing," gardai said.
The garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau also played a major role in the bust.