Thursday 25 December 2014

Drugs worth €140,000 found in suitcase in parked car

Published 29/04/2014 | 11:46

Gardai seized 7kg of cannabis herb
Gardai seized 7kg of cannabis herb

Gardai acting on intelligence have discovered 7kg of cannabis herb stashed in a suitcase in a parked car in Dublin city centre. The value of the haul is estimated to be around €140,000.

A team from the crime resource unit attached to Mountjoy garda station spotted the car parked at Belvedere Ave off the North Circular Road and close to Dorset Street in Dublin 1 at approximately 5pm yesterday.

The car was put under surveillance and gardai obtained a warrant to search it.

After the search, in which a suitcase containing the parcels of cannabis herb was found, the car was impounded for technical checks.

Further monitoring of the street was carried out but no arrests were made.

“This was an intelligance-led operation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Dublin area and we consider this a significant seizure,” a garda spokesman told Independent.ie.

Detectives are confident that arrests will be made in relation to the seizure and that part of the distribution chain of cannabis in the capital has been severely disrupted as a result of the operation.

The latest seizure comes after a similar amount of the drug was found by gardai last week.

A 30-year-old man appeared in court on Saturday charged in connection with a €120,000 drugs seizure on the Naas Road.

Scott Prendergast, of Cappagh Road, Finglas, made no reply when charged under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act at Dublin District Court.

Prendergast was arrested by the Garda national drugs unit last Friday after officers seized 6kg of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €120,000 following a search of a car on the Naas Road in Dublin.

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