€3.4m cannabis haul found hid­den in let­tuce

Irish Independent - - News - Ken Foy

A SOUTH Dublin drugs gang, which has been oper­at­ing in­de­pen­dently of the Ki­na­han car­tel, was the main mover be­hind a €3.4m drugs ship­ment that was found hid­den in a lorry load of let­tuce.

New de­tails of the mas­sive Span­ish seizure emerged yes­ter­day, which se­nior sources say is linked to a vet­eran Sandy­ford-based gang that has been in­volved in ma­jor im­por­ta­tions for well over a decade.

Four Ir­ish men and a Ro­ma­nian na­tional are in cus­tody in Spain af­ter 170kg of cannabis was seized in a Garda in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion near Malaga on May 6.

The Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent can reveal the gang has close links to or­gan­ised crim­i­nals based on the Moreen es­tate in Sandy­ford, and the al­leged ring­leader of the op­er­a­tion was not ar­rested in the bust – but that his right-hand man was.

A courier for the south Dublin crew, GAA coach David Gill (41), is serv­ing a seven-year sen­tence for pos­sess­ing €600,000 and other drugs of­fences af­ter be­ing busted in sep­a­rate garda op­er­a­tions in 2013.

Po­lice swooped on the lorry car­ry­ing the drugs on the A45 mo­tor­way be­tween Malaga and Cor­doba af­ter fol­low­ing it from an in­dus­trial es­tate in the town of Al­hau­rín de la Torre.

The huge haul of cannabis herb was con­cealed in a lorry load of let­tuce.

A spokesman for the Span­ish na­tional po­lice, which re­leased footage of the drugs seizure, said: “[Gar­daí] alerted Span­ish po­lice about a Costa del Sol-based Ir­ish gang which was smug­gling drugs into Ire­land.”

One of the sus­pects is led away af­ter po­lice found the drugs hid­den in a load of let­tuces

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