GAA ace arrested in €500,000 drug bust
A PROMINENT GAA player and three members of an Eastern European gang were arrested after a drugs bust worth almost €500,000 in Dublin.
The four were in custody last night after a major drugs surveillance operation by the Garda Organised Crime Unit, which netted the huge drugs haul and €35k in cash.
"The target of this operation was a man who lives in a leafy part of the capital and has never really been in any trouble with the law before, apart from minor matters," a senior source said.
"But he has been running a very lucrative drugs operation and has been watched by specialist garda units for a number of months now."
The Herald understands that the Dublin man has been a key player with his club in recent years. He has played at various levels in club GAA and has also worked with underage players.
In total, just under €500,000 worth of cannabis herb was seized yesterday in three different searches, which started when detectives stopped a car in Ballyfermot after observing a drugs transaction taking place.
Three Polish nationals, including a father and son, were arrested and one kilo of cannabis was seized when detectives searched the car they were travelling in on the Kylemore Road.
Meanwhile, the chief target of the operation – a criminal with an address in the Sandyford area – was arrested shortly afterwards in Blanchardstown, where he was caught in a car with 8.5 kilos of cannabis.
Detectives raided a property in Stillorgan – linked to the man – where they recovered another 15 kilos of cannabis herb. The man was taken into custody in Blanchardstown garda station.
Blanchardstown councillor David McGuinness said gardai "should be proud of this haul, which will send a strong message to those in the drugs trade".