€5m drugs, gun haul seized in operation targeting city crime
This is the major cache of machine guns and drugs worth more than €5m which was seized by gardai in Dublin this week.
As revealed in the Herald this week, officers attached to the Clondalkin Detective Unit and Drugs Unit conducted a search of a house in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin.
The search on Monday led to the discovery and seizure of three kilos of suspected cocaine and one kilo of suspected heroin with an estimated value of €360,000.
Three sub machine guns, (a Steyr 9mm, a Heckler & Koch and a GSG5) along with a Beretta pistol and 100 rounds of assorted 9mm and .45 ammunition was recovered at the home. A small amount of cash was also seized there.
Subsequently, gardai then extended their investigations to searching a premises at Bluebell industrial estate in Dublin on Tuesday.
At this location 32.5 kilos of heroin with a street value of €5m was seized along with a half kilo of cocaine worth €380,000.
Last night, Superintendent Brendan Connolly of Clondalkin Garda Station welcomed the success of the operation.
“This is a significant seizure of heroin, which causes terrible damage in communities throughout this country.
“This operation has taken drugs, firearms and ammunition off our streets, which could have caused terrible damage,” he said.
“We remain determined to do all we can to protect communities from the scourge of drugs and we thank communities for their support in this.”
A 39-year-old man, arrested on Monday, in connection with this investigation, appeared in Blanchardstown District Court yesterday charged with drugs and firearm offences.
He has been remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court where he will appear next Wednesday.