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Slash attack victim among three held over €360k drugs find

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Gardai made three arrests

Gardai made three arrests

Gardai made three arrests

A man previously injured in a horrific slash attack was one of three people arrested after gardai recovered a firearm and a large amount of drugs in Dublin.

Three men have been released without charge after detectives seized the handgun and around €360,000 of MDMA in Ballyfermot on Thursday night.

Gardai attached to Sundrive Road came across a man acting suspiciously along the canal and recovered a bag of cocaine, which had been thrown into the water.

A house in the Ballyfermot area was later searched under warrant, which led to the large drugs haul and a Glock pistol being recovered in a garden shed.

Three men - a father in his 50s and his two sons aged in their 20s and 30s - were arrested by detectives and quizzed in relation to the haul.

One of the men, the younger sibling, was previously the victim of a slashing last June in which he suffered horrific facial injuries.

Brawl

He was one of two men injured during a street brawl in the Ballyfermot area between a number of local men.

Video footage was later posted on social media which showed the man with a gaping slash wound on the side of his face, stretching from his ear to his mouth.

The three men arrested on Thursday evening were held at Sundrive Road and Crumlin garda stations over the weekend under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

They have since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP, which will determine if they are to face any charges linked to the seizure.

Gardai said that the operation involving the Sundrive Road drugs and detective units, was "targeting local drugs distribution networks".

Ammunition was also recovered, while an amount of cash was seized on suspicion of being the proceeds of crime.