Four guns and over €1m worth of drugs are seized
Specialist gardaí have seized four firearms and more than €1m worth of drugs during separate organised crime operations.
Two of the semi-automatic pistols were seized as part of a major investigation into criminals involved in the ongoing Drogheda feud in Co Louth.
A vehicle was stopped yesterday afternoon near the Main Street in Tallaght, Dublin, by armed officers and a 36-year-old man was arrested by members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).
During a search of the vehicle two 9mm pistols were found, and the suspect, who is from Drogheda, is being held at Crumlin garda station. A further 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition were also seized.
During a follow-up search of a house in Drogheda drugs with an estimated street value of €40,000 were seized.
A 34-year-old woman was arrested in relation to that cannabis seizure on suspicion of drug trafficking and is being held at Drogheda garda station.
A senior source told the Irish Independent that detectives are satisfied the two weapons recovered were linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud.
It is believed a weapons handover had taken place, or was about to take place, when gardaí swooped on the criminal.
In a separate intelligence-led operation on Thursday, DOCB detectives targeting organised crime in the Tallaght area seized firearms along with €1m worth of cannabis, cocaine and diazepam tablets.
Two semi-automatic .22 calibre pistols along with 20 rounds of .22 ammunition were recovered. A 49-year-old woman was arrested after gardaí searched a premises on the Greenhills Road.
She is currently detained at Tallaght garda station, under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. This operation was part of an ongoing investigation targeting an organised crime gang in the Tallaght area.
DOCB detectives were assisted by members of the Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) during the search operations along with gardaí from the Louth division.
Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll, Special Crime Operations (SCO), said a priority for gardaí was those in the possession of firearms.