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Sunday 27 May 2018

Man still being questioned after gardai seize €1.1m of drugs

The drugs seizure
The drugs seizure

Gardai have made two arrests over a €1.1m drugs seizure following a major customs investigation.

A 50-year-old man was being questioned last night in Finglas Garda Station over the bust after a 43-year-old man was earlier released without charge from Ballyfermot Garda Station.

The case is being investigated by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, but it is understood the seizure was part of a detailed customs operation.

Gardai announced details of the bust yesterday before the first suspect was released and the second man was picked up.

Intercepted

"Gardai and Revenue officers have seized drugs with an estimated street value of €1.1m and arrested a man in his 40s following a joint operation in Dublin," a spokesman said.

"On November 8, customs officers at Dublin Port intercepted a pallet of goods which contained suspected controlled drugs.

"Gardai and Revenue launched an operation and on November 9, 150kg of suspected cannabis resin and 3kgs of suspected cocaine (both pending analysis) were seized at Ballycoolin Industrial Estate.

"A man in his 40s was arrested and brought to Ballyfermot Garda Station where he is detained."

While he has now been released and another man arrested, gardai said that a file will be prepared for the DPP.

"Revenue detector dog Meg was deployed in this operation, which is part of an ongoing, joint investigation targeting drug importations in the greater Dublin area," the Revenue Commissioners said.

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