€700k drugs and €30k cash seized in raid
A €700,000 drugs handover was busted when detectives from the Organised Crime Unit pounced on three suspects in a rural location in Co Meath.
A sum of around €30,000 in cash was also seized in the swoop by armed officers which happened on Thursday night in Rathkenny, Co Meath, following a detailed surveillance operation.
A gang who have been sourcing drugs from a north Dublin mob and supplying large towns such as Drogheda in Co Louth, and Navan in Co Meath were the targets and three men remained in garda custody last night.
Sources said that the bust may increase tensions in the capital's gangland scene and the gang involved may be linked to a non-fatal shooting near Slane, Co Meath, earlier this year.
One of the arrested men had been jailed previously for ten years after he was caught with a huge haul of cocaine in Co Meath.
He was a former close associate of slain Drogheda drug dealer Paul Reay, who was murdered by the gang led by Martin 'Marlo' Hyland in 2006.
No-one has ever been charged with the murder of Reay which happened at Tredagh View, Marley's Lane, Drogheda, on November 23, 2006.
The 34-year-old suspect served his sentence at Dublin's Wheatfield Prison where he was given additional time after being caught with illegal mobile phones on numerous occasions inside the jail.
It is understood that the Co Meath man was only released from prison a few weeks ago and has been monitored by specialist detectives since then.
Another of those arrested in the operation is a 36-year-old Drogheda man who is extremely well known to gardai and is facing charges in relation to a violent disorder incident.
He also has convictions for burglary and drink driving as well as assault and other offences.
The third man is a 29-year-old man with a Co Meath address who is not as well known to officers.
A garda spokesman said: "As part of an on-going intelligence-led operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in North East Leinster, Gardaí from the Organised Crime Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Investigations, seized heroin, tablets, cannabis herb and resin with an approximate value of €700,000."