'Drugs gangs smashed' after undercover operation
Two major drugs gangs were smashed and 33 suspected dealers charged after a six month undercover operation by gardai, it emerged today.
Crack cocaine and heroin was seized during Operation Reagent, which officers say has dismantled two significant drug distributing networks in Ballyfermot and Neilstown, west Dublin.
A gardai spokesman said 33 people were arrested and charged over the last three days and would appear in court at a future date.
More than 60 charges have already been preferred against those arrested in the swoop, with more charges expected to follow.
A garda spokesman said drugs units at Ronanstown and Ballyfermot worked closely with members of the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) to gather enough evidence to secure each case.
"The focus of this operation has been to gather evidence against significant drug dealers in local communities and ensure these persons are brought before the courts," he added.
Elsewhere, €400,000 of cocaine was seized by gardai in Dublin city when a car was stopped at Cornmarket Place shortly before 1pm.
A 42-year-old man was arrested and is being quizzed by detectives at Pearse Street Garda Station under Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking Act) 1996.
Drug paraphernalia was recovered during a follow-up search in a nearby lock-up facility.