Monday 19 March 2018

Cartel 'foot soldier' held after €1.4m heroin haul

The heroin seized by gardaí was worth €1.4m (Picture: PA)
The heroin seized by gardaí was worth €1.4m (Picture: PA)

Ken Foy

A 33-year-old "foot soldier" for the deadly Kinahan cartel remained in custody last night after gardaí seized €1.4m worth of heroin following a major surveillance operation.

Officers searched a house and a shed in the Whitefriar Gardens area of Dublin on Wednesday evening as part of an investigation which has been codenamed Operation Thistle.

About €10,000 worth of cannabis herb was also seized and the suspect was brought to Kevin Street Garda Station for questioning.

It is understood that there had been detailed surveillance on the suspect, who does not have serious criminal convictions, for a number of days.

The massive drugs bust happened just hours after Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey confirmed at a press conference that Operation Thistle was still ongoing in the south inner city area of the capital. The major crackdown was launched to target the Kinahan gang.

"This is a significant amount of drugs to take out of circulation and this will be a blow to the cartel's activities," a source said.

"These operations against this gang are going to continue throughout the summer."

This week's operation is the biggest bust as part of Operation Thistle since last month when investigators seized €300,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and cannabis resin.

Irish Independent

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