24HR DRUG BUST

Co­caine worth €2.9m and €1m of cannabis is seized in Garda raids

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NIALL O’CON­NOR

GAR­DAI led a 24-hour blitz on var­i­ous drug gangs which in­cluded a €2.8mil­lion drugs seizure in a shop­ping cen­tre car park.

A Co Meath crime ring with links to a no­to­ri­ous trav­el­ling bur­glary mob, had ar­ranged with Dutch crim­i­nals to im­port the mas­sive co­caine haul.

As two mem­bers of the gang met the for­eign ve­hi­cle in the car park of Lif­fey Val­ley, West Dublin, the Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bu­reau moved in.

Three men and one woman were ar­rested in that swoop at 7.10pm on Thurs­day. There was also a raid in nearby Rath­coole in which a man in his 40s was ar­rested af­ter of­fi­cers stopped a car al­legedly con­tain­ing €800,000 worth of cannabis.

In an­other un­con­nected op­er­a­tion a male in his 20s was de­tained by gar­dai from Fin­glas, North Dublin, in poses­sion of €200,000 of cannabis resin.

In Lim­er­ick, of­fi­cers raided a house in the Castle­con­nell area on Thurs­day. A Garda state­ment said: “Gar­dai seized ap­prox­i­mately €10,000 in cash and €70,000 worth of co­caine which will now be sent for anal­y­sis.”

Patrick Byrnes, 38, from Wood­park, Castle­con­nell, was ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the seizures. He ap­peared be­fore Judge Mar­ian O’leary at a spe­cial court sit­ting in Lim­er­ick last night. Byrnes was granted bail to ap­pear be­fore Lim­er­ick Dis­trict Court in March. Mean­while, on Tues­day dur­ing rou­tine op­er­a­tions in­volv­ing the de­ploy­ment of Rev­enue’s mo­bile X-ray scan­ner and with the as­sis­tance of de­tec­tor dog Meg, Rev­enue of­fi­cers in Dublin Port seized 68kg of herbal cannabis with an es­ti­mated street value of €1.36mil­lion. A spokesman said: “The drugs were found con­cealed in a con­sign­ment of goods from Spain.”

to­tal value of drugs seized by gar­dai and Rev­enue since Tues­day

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