Six ar­rested as cannabis and co­caine worth €4m is seized

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Ali Bracken Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

SIX peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a €4mil­lion co­caine and cannabis seizure in­volv­ing three Garda op­er­a­tions across Dublin.

The Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau seized 35 kilo­grams of co­caine worth €2.8mil­lion when they in­ter­cepted a han­dover of the drugs be­tween two cars in a car park at Lif­fey Val­ley at around 7.10pm on Thurs­day night. Three men and one woman were ar­rested at the scene.

The Trav­eller gang tar­geted in this in­ci­dent have close links to the Ki­na­han car­tel. They are Meath-based but hail from north Dublin.

Speak­ing on RTÉ’s Morn­ing Ire­land, As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner John O’Driscoll said one of the men ar­rested is a Dutch na­tional, while the woman is be­lieved to be from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. The other two men are Ir­ish. All four are aged in their 40s.

Gar­daí said yesterday that the seizure has re­sulted in a ma­jor im­por­ta­tion route be­ing dis­banded. Cash to­talling €50,000 was re­cov­ered in a fol­low up search in Co. Meath.

In a sec­ond op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing the same Meath-based Trav­eller drugs gang, of­fi­cers from the Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau seized 45 kilo­grams of cannabis.

In the third drugs op­er­a­tion the Fin­glas Drugs Unit ar­rested a man af­ter gar­daí seized €210,000 worth of cannabis resin on Thurs­day.

Five peo­ple ar­rested as part of an op­er­a­tion by the Garda Na­tional Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau in West Dublin are due to ap­pear be­fore the Dublin Dis­trict Court this morn­ing charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Five peo­ple were ar­rested on drug traf­fick­ing of­fences. On Thurs­day, three men and one woman were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drug traf­fick­ing fol­low­ing the seizure of co­caine with an es­ti­mated value of €2.8mil­lion, and in an­other in­ci­dent one man was ar­rested for possession of cannabis worth €800,000.

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