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Sunday 17 December 2017

€800k drugs bust after gardai stop two cars on M50

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Gardai have dealt a major blow to a drug trafficking gang after seizing €800,000 of drugs.

Cash totalling €5,000 was also recovered as part of an investigation into the gang, which is based between west Dublin and Co Meath.

In a planned search, two cars were stopped on the M50 by local and national units.

Molly

The vehicles were examined and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €80,000, was seized along with the €5,000 in cash.

A further search was carried out at a property in Navan Road, Dublin, where €720,000 of drugs were seized.

The illicit substances seized included crystallized MDMA- known as 'Molly', cannabis herb and cannabis resin.

A gardai spokesman said: "The operation was carried out by the Special Crime Task Force, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and a number of units based in the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

Two men have been arrested and are currently being questioned by gardai in relation to drug trafficking offences.

The men, aged 47 and 58, are being held at Finglas Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (drug trafficking) Act 1996.

They can be detained and questioned for up to seven days.

It is the second significant bust against the drug gang operating between the capital and Co Meath in the past few months.

Seizure

Earlier this year, a planned gardai operation led to the seizure of €1.2m of cannabis and cocaine.

The drugs were seized when a vehicle was stopped and searched in the Slane area.

Further searches were carried out and two men were arrested in relation to the large drug seizure.

The operation was carried out by the garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, which was formed two years ago.

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