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Feud victim Zach Parker

Feud victim Zach Parker

Feud victim Zach Parker

Gardai searching for drugs in Darndale have found three large bags of cannabis herb hidden in a hedge in a public park.

The find, believed to have a street value of €60,000, was made on Sunday.

Gardai investigating the sale and supply of drugs in the Santry district area of Dublin found the stash during a planned search of Darndale Park in Dublin 17.

Members from the Divisional Crime Task Force Santry, assisted by uniformed members from Coolock, carried out the searches and found three large bags containing cannabis herb hidden along a hedgerow in the park.

Stored

While no arrests were made, gardai are following a definite line of inquiry.

They are investigating if the drugs were being stored there on a long-term basis, or were left there to be picked up by someone.

It is also possible the drugs were ditched in a panic by someone who feared being caught with them.

The narcotics are understood to have been well concealed.

It is unclear whether the cannabis is connected to one of a number of gangs embroiled in different feuds.

They have left a trail of death and destruction across northside Dublin suburbs for more than a year now, starting with the shooting dead of Zach Parker (23) at Applewood, Swords, on January 17 last year.

In a quick and bloody escalation of the Coolock feud this time last year, Sean Little (22) was lured to Walshestown Road, Balbriggan, where he was murdered on May 21.

Murdered

A motive for the murders of Little and Parker has never been established, but gardai believe they were probably killed over a drugs debt that they could not or would not pay.

Just 17 hours after Little was murdered, his drug-dealing friend Jordan Davis (22) was killed after being shot several times as he walked his four-month-old baby in a pram in Darndale.

A man has been charged in relation to his murder.

Iranian national Hamid Sanambar was killed less than a week after Little.

Last November, Eoin Boylan (22) became the feud's fifth victim.