Ki­na­han link as four Ir­ish­men held in Spain over ¤3.4m drugs haul

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Gar­dai be­lieve four Ir­ish­men ar­rested in Spain af­ter drugs val­ued at ¤3.4 mil­lion were seized were work­ing for an off-shoot of the Ki­na­han car­tel.

De­tec­tives in Dublin and Span­ish in­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing on the the­ory the drugs seized near Malaga were owned by a mid­dle-aged Dubliner with close links to the car­tel.

How­ever, they sus­pect the Dubliner has ef­fec­tively been run­ning his own in­de­pen­dent drug-smug­gling op­er­a­tion and was in­tend­ing to trans­port the seized con­sign­ment of cannabis to Dublin.

The drugs were seized last Sun­day week in Spain but news of the op­er­a­tion was only con­firmed last night.

The haul was in­ter­cepted and five ar­rests made af­ter a lengthy op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing the Garda Na­tional Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau work­ing with Spain’s Poli­cia Na­cional and Guardia Civil.

The drugs were found north west of Malaga among pal­lets of let­tuce in a truck bound for Ire­land. The four Ir­ish men ar­rested were aged 56, 45, 35 and 33 years. A 27-year-old Ro­ma­nian was also de­tained with them.

The men re­main in cus­tody and have ap­peared be­fore the courts as the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

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