Gardaí fear drug gangs are joining forces
Specialist detectives were last night examining whether two of the country's most prolific drugs gangs have joined forces after the seizure of €2.8m worth of cocaine and €800,000 of cannabis in separate but linked seizures on Thursday night.
The drugs were planned to be distributed for the lucrative Christmas-time market but have been taken off the streets by a massive intelligence-led operation by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
Both of the targeted gangs have a base in Co Meath but are heavily connected to the north Dublin gangland scene.
The DOCB seized 35kg of cocaine worth €2.8m when it intercepted a handover of the drugs between two cars in a car park in Liffey Valley, Dublin, at around 7.10pm on Thursday.
The drugs were being moved from a Dutch-registered car to an Irish-registered car. It is one of the biggest seizures of the year.
Three men and one woman were arrested at the scene. One of the men is a Dutch national, while the woman is believed to be from the Dominican Republic. The other two are Irish nationals.
In a linked raid, gardaí seized 45kg of cannabis herb nearby. The drugs, which are estimated to be worth more than €800,000, were found in a van stopped on the Naas Road at Rathcoole, Co Dublin. A 42-year-old man was arrested.
Gardaí said last night that the five people arrested during the two operations will appear in court this morning.
The primary targets of the operation are a Traveller gang who were the subject of massive CAB raids last month in which gardaí seized €1,500 in cash, computers, stolen property, phones, cars, €2,500 of drugs, an air rifle, jewellery, phones, as well as cutting off their illegal ESB supply.