Saturday 19 January 2019

Gardaí fear drug gangs are joining forces

'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' (stock photo)
'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' (stock photo)

Ken Foy

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.

Irish Independent

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