€3m of drugs and grenades seized in raid
A significant haul of grenades and drugs worth more than €3m has been seized by gardaí as a result of an intelligence-gathering operation.
The find was made in a farm building, which officers believe was being used as a warehouse by a major Dublin drugs trafficking gang.
A search of the building at Gormanston, Co Meath, was continuing last night while an Army bomb disposal team was called in to examine the grenades.
It is understood that cannabis with a street value of at least €3m as well as a quantity of cocaine were discovered hidden behind walls in the building. But the final estimate of the amount of drugs discovered has not yet been determined as the extensive search has not been completed.
The haul is thought to have been smuggled into the country from the UK. Gardaí say that the drugs were intended for distribution and sale throughout the Dublin region.
They believe the grenades had been included with the haul as a "sweetener".
Officers say the building was being used as a store by a gang based in north Dublin and with links to Liverpool.
The traffickers set up their warehouse after leasing a farm and buildings from the unsuspecting owner.
The search followed an investigation by gardaí from the Meath division and Ballymun district in Dublin.
A senior officer said last night: "This is a big blow to a very active drugs gang.
"The discovery of the grenades adds a very sinister element to the find and underlines what can become available to drug-dealing gangs as they compete with rivals for territory in turf wars."