Gar­daí in­ter­cept 40kg of co­caine worth €2.8m

Irish Examiner - - News - Cor­mac O’Ke­effe

The wait is over as the full lineup for sea­son three of Danc­ing with the Stars has been re­vealed.

On The Late Late Show last night, Ryan Tubridy was joined on the couch by leg­endary for­mer Mun­ster and Ire­land scrum half Peter Stringer, coun­try mu­sic sen­sa­tion Cliona Ha­gan, and The Young Of­fend­ers star Demi Isaac Ovi­awe, who con­firmed they will take part in the new se­ries of Danc­ing with the Stars when it re­turns to RTÉ One in the new year. Mean­while, Can’t Stop Danc­ing, the pre­view show for Danc­ing with the Stars, will be aired on Fri­day, Jan­uary 4. A ma­jor drug-traf­fick­ing out­fit re­cently hit by the Crim­i­nal As­sets Bureau is sus­pected of be­ing be­hind the im­por­ta­tion of a mas­sive haul of co­caine in­ter­cepted by Garda gang units.

This out­fit is linked to the Ki­na­han crime car­tel which may have or­gan­ised the sup­ply of 40kg of co­caine from Europe to the Dubli­nand Meath-based net­work.

The haul, with an es­ti­mated street value of around €2.8m, was one of five un­re­lated op­er­a­tions on Thurs­day re­sult­ing in drug seizures and ar­rests in Dublin, Cork, and Lim­er­ick.

The gang hit by the ma­jor co­caine haul is based around an ex­tended fam­ily. It has bought nu­mer­ous sites in Meath and was tar­geted by CAB last month.

The scale of the seizure, made in west Dublin, is one of the big­gest of the year. It was the re­sult of an op­er­a­tion by the Garda Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau and the Spe­cial Crime Task Force.

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner for spe­cial crime op­er­a­tions John O’Driscoll said two ve­hi­cles had parked up at Lif­fey Val­ley in north Clon­dalkin at around 7.30pm on Thurs­day. One of the cars had Dutch reg­is­tra­tion and the other had Ir­ish plates.

Garda units swooped and ar­rested four peo­ple. A Dutch na­tional and his girl­friend, a na­tional of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, were in one car and a Dubliner and a man from Meath oc­cu­pied the sec­ond ve­hi­cle.

The co­caine was con­tained in plas­tic tubs and Mr O’Driscoll said their al­le­ga­tion is that the two peo­ple in the Dutch-reg­is­tered car were in possession of the drugs and were trans­fer­ring the tubs to the oth­ers.

In a fol­low-up search of a house in Meath, some €50,000 cash was re­cov­ered.

In sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions on Thurs­day, €200,000 worth of cannabis resin was seized by lo­cal gar­daí in Fin­glas, north Dublin, while, in a sec­ond op­er­a­tion by the Garda Drugs and Or­gan­ised Crime Bureau, €800,000 worth of cannabis herb was re­cov­ered in Rath­coole, west Dublin. One ar­rest was made in each of those op­er­a­tions.

Ear­lier, gar­daí in Mal­low, Co Cork, un­cov­ered a cannabis grow­house in the Kan­turk area and re­cov­ered cannabis plants and herb worth around €44,000. A stun gun was also seized dur­ing this op­er­a­tion.

Be­fore that, Lim­er­ick gar­daí re­cov­ered 1kg of co­caine and €10,000 in cash.

Mr O’Driscoll said there is in­creased de­mand for drugs, par­tic­u­larly co­caine, be­cause of the Christ­mas party pe­riod and a gen­eral im­prove­ment in the econ­omy.

Mean­while, on Tues­day, dur­ing rou­tine op­er­a­tions, Revenue of­fi­cers in Dublin Port seized 68kg of herbal cannabis with an es­ti­mated street value of €1.36m.

On Thurs­day, Revenue of­fi­cers seized about 12,000 un­stamped cig­a­rettes, with the as­sis­tance of gar­daí and Revenue de­tec­tor dog Bill..

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