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'Significant blow against organised crime' - Garda units seize €2m worth of drugs in last 72 hours

Robin Schiller

Published 25/08/2016 | 16:30

Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB)
Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB)

Local and national Garda units tackling organised crime have seized close to €2m worth of drugs in the last 72 hours.

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The seizures were a part of a series of raids carried out across the country, and includes operations in Dublin, Louth and Meath.

Speaking at a press briefing at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park this afternoon, Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) said that the operations were a "significant blow against organised crime".

The DOCB raids were carried out along with members of the newly formed Special Crime Task Force, which was launched last month to combat organised crime in the Dublin region as well as other areas on the East Coast. 

Det Supt Howard said that the raids were being treated as four separate instances, and said that other operations targeting the "underbelly" of criminal gangs in the capital were ongoing.

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