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Sunday 22 October 2017

Gardai quiz man over €5m drugs and gun hauls

Ken Foy

Gardaí described a seizure of over €5m worth of heroin and cocaine, along with a cache of high-powered guns, as a "major disruption" to organised crime in the country.

Two handguns and a Steyr 9mm assault rifle, similar to those used by the Defence Forces, were among five weapons found during searches in Dublin on Monday and Tuesday.

During a search of the premises at Bluebell Industrial Estate, gardaí from Clondalkin Detective and Drugs Unit discovered a handgun and ammunition, in addition to the large quantity of drugs with an estimated value of €4.9m.

"This is a significant seizure of heroin, which causes terrible damage in communities throughout this country. This operation has taken drugs, firearms and ammunition off our streets, which could have caused terrible damage," said a Supt Brendan Connolly.

"We remain determined to do all we can to protect communities from the scourge of drugs and we thank communities for their support in this," he added.

Gardaí said that to date the long-running investigation had led to the seizure of heroin and cocaine with an estimated value of €5.2m, five firearms - including three sub-machine guns a Steyr 9mm, Heckler & Koch and a GSG5 - ammunition and cash.

In addition, weighing scales and other cooking utensils such as sieves were found with the drugs.

Gardai searched a car, and then carried out a follow-up search of a house on Monday.

A 39-year-old man arrested on Monday was brought before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday where he was charged with drugs and firearm offences. He was remanded in custody to appear before the court again next week.

Irish Independent

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