Saturday 1 October 2016

Cocaine worth €500,000 seized during raid on premises

Cathal McMahon

Published 28/03/2016 | 10:28

€500,000 worth of cocaine was seized during search at Coolquay, The Ward, Co Dublin. Photo: Garda Press Office
€500,000 worth of cocaine was seized during search at Coolquay, The Ward, Co Dublin. Photo: Garda Press Office

Gardai have dealt a significant blow against major drug traffickers after seizing half a million euro worth of cocaine.

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The discovery was made during a search of a premises at Coolquay, The Ward, Co Dublin on Easter Sunday.

Officers from from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau assisted by gardaí from Finglas Garda Station carried out the intelligence led operation.

A spokesman for the garda press office explained that during the operation approximately seven kilos of cocaine, subject to analysis, with a street value of €500,000 was seized.

“This seizure is regarded as a significant blow against criminals engaged in organised crime and it will seriously disrupt the illegal sale and supply of cocaine in The Dublin Region.”

This is the third major drug seizure in the last number of days.

Seizures

Last Friday gardaí arrested two men and seized drugs worth €120,000 in searches on Dublin’s southside.

Two men have been charged in connection with this seizure.

And last Wednesday gardaí from Store Street Garda Station discovered €115,000 worth of cocaine and crack cocaine in connected searches.

Two false passports, mixing agents, scales and a quantity of cash were also seized.

No arrests have been made in connection with yesterday’s seizure and investigations are continuing.

A garda spokesman said: “These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks.

“Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities. Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality.”

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