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Monday 11 December 2017

Woman bites garda in €500k heroin raid

Two people arrested as ERU and gardai make drug seizure in South Dublin
Two people arrested as ERU and gardai make drug seizure in South Dublin

A GARDA was bitten on the hand by a woman during the course of a drugs search which netted more than €500,000 worth of heroin in Dublin.

The raid came after a successful surveillance operation targeting one of the most prolific dugs gangs operating on the capital’s southside in recent years.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested as well as a 50-year-old man after the search at a house in Swan Grove in Ranelagh yesterday.

Gardai from Kevin Street were backed up by the ERU for the raid because it was believed that the house the officers were searching had a reinforced door.

However, it is understood that a battering ram was not needed to enter the premises.

Sources have revealed that shortly after officers entered the property, they were confronted by a woman who arrived at the scene and became violent.

She was “shouting and roaring” at gardai before biting one officer on the hand.

She was arrested for a public order offence but has since been released without charge.

The target of the operation, a Ranelagh man aged 50, returned to the house to be confronted by gardai and was arrested.

He remains in Kevin Street Garda Station where he is being questioned about the seizure of three and a half kilos of heroin which have an estimated street value of €525,000.

Sources say that the 50-year-old had been under surveillance for a number of weeks.

The gang who were targeted have strong connections to notorious criminal Mark ‘Guinea Pig’ Desmond and one of its senior members was previously under death threat from jailed gangland killer Brian Rattigan.

The mob have been involved in a number of feuds in the Rathmines and Dublin 2 area and have been the focus of a number of garda investigations.

In October, 2012, gardai targeted the mob and raided a house close to the location of yesterday’s operation and seized €2,000 worth of heroin.

The mob have a number of female members and also have strong connections to the Crumlin/Drimnagh area of the capital.

kfoy@herald.ie

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