Thursday 19 April 2018

Gardai arrest 89 in crackdown on gangs

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI have arrested almost 90 suspects in a nationwide drive against organised crime gangs.

During a total of 419 planned searches, officers seized a significant cocaine and cash haul in south Dublin.

Detectives from the Tallaght drugs unit, backed up by members of the divisional crime taskforce in Dublin south, raided a house at Cushlawn Park in Tallaght on Tuesday night and recovered five-and-a-half kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of €385,000.

They also seized €5,000 in cash and equipment used in mixing the cocaine for sale in southside suburbs.

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man at the scene and he was questioned throughout yesterday at Tallaght garda station under drug trafficking legislation, which allows gardai to detain him without charge for up to seven days.

The search was part of an operation codenamed Wireless III and co-ordinated by Derek Byrne, the assistant garda commissioner in charge of the national support services at Harcourt Square.

Gardai arrested 89 suspects in connection with their inquiries into a range of offences, including robbery, burglary, theft, handling stolen property, possession of drugs and firearms offences.

More than 20 people were detained as a result of bench warrants issued in relation to some of those inquiries and were due to be brought before the courts.

Officers also executed five European arrest warrants.

The five targeted suspects will be brought before the High Court.

In North Dublin, gardai raided a yard in Balbriggan and recovered parts for eight stolen vehicles. No arrests were made.

Irish Independent

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