Saturday 23 September 2017

Man (39) charged in connection with seizure of more than €5m worth of drugs and five firearms this week

A 39-year-old man has been charged in connection with the seizure of more than €5m worth of drugs and five firearms this week.

The man, who was arrested on Monday in connection with this investigation, appeared in Blanchardstown District Court this morning, charged with drugs and firearm offences.

He is remanded in custody to Cloverhill District, a garda spokesperson said.

The massive seizure was made when gardai stopped and searched a vehicle in the Clondalkin area.

Gardaí then conducted a search of a house in the Ballyfermot area of southwest Dublin.

The search led to the discovery and seizure of three kilos of suspected cocaine and one kilo of suspected heroin with an estimated value of €360,000, pending analysis.

Gardai display the seized drugs and firearms.
Gardai display the seized drugs and firearms.

Three sub machine guns, (a Steyr 9mm, a Heckler & Koch, an GSG5) pistol (Beretta) and around 100 rounds of assorted ammunition (9mm and 0.450) and a small amount of cash was also seized.

Gardai also carried out a planned search of a premises at Bluebell Industrial Estate, Dublin, on Tuesday.

During the search, 32.5 kilos of suspected heroin and half a kilo of suspected cocaine, pending analysis, were discovered and seized.

A handgun (a Heckler & Koch 9mm pistol) and a quantity of ammunition were also seized during the search.  

In total, the investigation led to the seizure of heroin and cocaine with an estimated value of €5.2 million, subject to analysis, (heroin valued at €5,025,000 and cocaine valued at €380,000).

Superintendent Brendan Connolly from Clondalkin garda station said:  "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.” 

“This operation has caused major disruption to a Dublin based criminal gang (based in Ballyfermot/Clondalkin) with international connections and is part of our on-going strategy of targeting criminal gangs.”

“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.”

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