Gardaí intercept 40kg of cocaine worth €2.8m
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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..