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Gangland 'nobodies' quizzed over €1.5m coke bust at Rosslare port

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The drugs worth €1.5m which were seized at Rosslare Port

The drugs worth €1.5m which were seized at Rosslare Port

The drugs worth €1.5m which were seized at Rosslare Port

Specialist gardai were last night continuing to examine phone traffic and internet communications as they investigate one of the biggest cocaine seizures of the year.

A 30-year-old man from Ballymun in Dublin and a Dublin man aged 29 with an address in Leitrim remained in custody at Wexford Garda Station last night where they were being questioned under drugs-trafficking legislation about the seizure of €1.5m of cocaine at Rosslare Europort.

"These individuals are nobodies in terms of organised crime," a source said. "However, this is a huge amount of drugs and it is up to gardai to establish who these lads were working for. While it was customs officers who are responsible for the seizure, it is now up to gardai to find out who controlled these drugs.

"Normally with something this huge, it would be drug gangs clubbing together but there is no intelligence to suggest any link between the two arrested men and gang crime.

"The Ballymun man has been the victim of a number of assaults, the most serious of which happened in 2013 but that is not being viewed as a lead."

Gardai said in a statement yesterday that two men were arrested at the scene following the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine in a vehicle which had just disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg in France on Monday.

Revenue officers made the discovery when they stopped and searched an Irish-registered vehicle using a mobile X-ray scanner and a sniffer dog called Flynn.

The drugs were concealed within the back seat of the vehicle.

Detained

Both men were arrested on Monday and last night were still being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Wexford Garda Station.

Their detention was extended by a chief superintendent yesterday afternoon.

The pair can be held for questioning for up to seven days while gardai conduct a number of follow-up searches.

"As a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized almost 22kg of cocaine in Rosslare Europort," the Revenue Commissioners said in a statement.

"The drugs with an approximate street value of over €1.5m were discovered when an Irish-registered vehicle was stopped and searched after disembarking a ferry from Cherbourg, France and searched.

"The search, carried out with the assistance of Revenue's mobile X-ray scanner and detector dog Flynn, led to the discovery of the illegal drugs in a concealment behind the back seat of the vehicle."