Tuesday 27 June 2017

Three people arrested and €788k cannabis seized after separate Dublin operations

Dublin drug seizures
Dublin drug seizures
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardaí and the Revenue Commissioners have struck a significant blow against the illegal drug trade after separate searches last night and this morning.

This morning, as part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug importations,  Revenue officers, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) and the Special Crime Task Force conducted a joint intelligence led operation.

The cannabis, worth €680k, was discovered in a van in Clondalkin, West Dublin. Picture: Revenue Commissioners
The cannabis, worth €680k, was discovered in a van in Clondalkin, West Dublin. Picture: Revenue Commissioners

In a statement a Revenue spokeswoman said a van was intercepted in the Clondalkin area of Dublin.

Approximately 34kgs of Herbal Cannabis with an estimated value of €680,000 was seized and a 47 year-old Albanian man was arrested.

The man was taken to Clondalkin Garda Station, where he is detained under the provisions of Drug Trafficking legislation.

A spokeswoman said investigations by Revenue and An Garda Síochána are continuing.

Last night gardaí seized 23kg of cannabis, worth €108,000, when they stopped and searched a vehicle in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.

The DOCB and Serious Crime Task Force, intercepted the vehicle at approximately 7pm. Approximately 5kg of cannabis resin was seized and a male in his 30s was arrested for drug trafficking offences.

A follow up search at an address in the Ashbourne area resulted in the seizure of an additional 18 kilos of cannabis resin and the arrest of a woman in her 30s.

Both of those arrested were detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act. The street value of cannabis resin seized in this investigation is estimated at €108,000.

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