Wednesday 22 November 2017

45 held as major cocaine network smashed

Brendan Farrelly

GARDAI have taken out a major distribution network for crack cocaine and heroin and arrested 45 people after officers went undercover on the streets in an operation lasting six months.

Operation Marshall targeted on-street supply and distribution right across Dublin's inner city, but primarily the south-inner city. Gardai infiltrated the gangs across the supply line building files of evidence.

Over Wednesday and yesterday, officers went after their targets with the arrest of 45 people. Drug units from Kevin Street, Pearse Street and Store Street stations made the arrests.

A spokesman said last night: "The arrests follow a six-month covert operation which has dismantled one of the city's principal drug distribution networks. Suspects at all levels of this large and organised network of heroin and crack cocaine supply chain have been arrested and charged."

A large number of the arrested men are expected to be brought before the courts this morning.


Operation Marshall saw undercover officers going out on the streets and infiltrating the gangs. They had to identify the various strands of the network by dealing face to face with those involved.

It took careful planning, patience and courage as officers built their cases.

More than 150 charges have already been brought against the suspects.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Feehan who has responsibility for the Dublin Metropolitan Region said that the gardai were committed to tackling the supply of drugs.

"This latest operation to target drug suppliers across the Dublin region has seen local garda drug units supported by the Garda National Drug Unit ensure a co-ordinated and effective approach to protecting our communities, individuals and their families from the harm and pain caused by drugs use."

Irish Independent

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