Sunday 19 November 2017

Man arrested in €500k drugs haul survived gangland hit

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

One of the men arrested in relation to a major drugs consignment seizure in Dublin yesterday previously survived an assassination attempt on this life.

The 58-year-old from Drimnagh, who was arrested as officers swooped on two vehicles during a drugs transaction, was the victim of a failed murder bid back in 1999.

The arrests were made as part of an ongoing investigation into the activity of a Dublin drugs gang. Members of the newly formed Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit swooped on two cars that were passing through the Coolock/Santry area. While carrying out searches of the vehicles, officers discovered a large amount of cannabis herb worth approximately €500k.

Four males, aged 27, 30, 36 and 58, were arrested in relation to the seizure.

The four men are currently being detained at Ballymun and Coolock Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996.

Members of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Unit are also currently carrying out follow up searches in relation to the seizure.

A garda spokesperson said that the seizures were carried out using "advanced" garda resources.

"These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks. Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities."

In a separate raid on Wednesday, three people were arrested after gardai from the Finglas District Drugs Unit discovered €15k worth of cocaine in the Finglas west area. Three people, including a man aged in his 20s, a juvenile male and a juvenile female, were arrested in relation to the incident.

All three have since been released and files are being prepared to the Garda Office for Children & Youth Affairs and to the Director of Public Prosecutions.


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