Tuesday 21 November 2017

Gardai seize €2m worth of cocaine in major swoop

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

GARDAI have smashed a major cocaine manufacturing operation and seized a quantity of the drug valued at €2m.

The massive haul was uncovered following a garda swoop on a house in south Dublin on Thursday evening.

Investigators said the house, in the Cushlawn area of Tallaght, was being used as a "sophisticated cocaine factory".

Two other houses, in the Walkinstown and Crumlin areas, were also raided at the same time as part of an intelligence-driven operation.

The drugs factory has been linked to a notorious south inner-city crime gang and gardai were last night questioning three people -- two men and a woman -- in relation to the cocaine haul.

All three are aged in their 30s and were arrested and taken to Kevin Street and Kilmainham garda stations. They can be held for up to seven days.

It is understood that none of the three had previously been linked by gardai to the criminal gang and investigators believe they may have been approached by gang members to carry out work in return for money.

Gardai also recovered €80,000 in cash during the raids, along with cutting and mixing equipment and chemicals used as mixing agents.

It was initially believed that the value of the seized cocaine was in the region of €200,000.

Purity

However, following a further analysis, the purity of the drug was found to be much higher and a revised value of €2m was put on it. This makes it one of the most valuable seizures made in the capital so far this year.

Last month, the Garda Organised Crime Unit detained four men after they stopped two cars on the Naas Road, near Rathcoole, Co Dublin, and found a kilogramme of cocaine.

Gardai said the latest raid was led by officers from Kevin Street station investigating organised crime in the south inner city, and that their inquiries are "continuing".

Irish Independent

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