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Sunday 18 August 2019

In Pictures: 'Significant' quantity of drugs seized in ongoing Kinahan gang operation

"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath
"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath
"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

These photographs show the "significant" quantity of drugs seized by gardaí in a Kinaham crime cartel operation.

The operation, which lead to two arrests, is ongoing in Co Meath.

It began yesterday when gardaí searched two premises in Ashbourne, Co. Meath and discovered cannabis herb and cocaine.

Gardai now say that the street value of the drugs seized is €7m.

The two men, both aged in their thirties, were arrested at the scene and are now detained at Ashbourne Garda Station.

The ongoing operation began yesterday, while searches were stopped for the night.

"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath

"An Garda Síochána national units within Special Crime Operations (SCO) continue to target a range of criminality associated with organised crime," Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said.

"In this regard there is a particular emphasis, firstly, on protecting life and tackling threat to life incidents, but also, on targeting the sale of drugs and other illicit products and, importantly, targeting the financial gain and money laundering involved."

"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath

Garda O'Driscoll, who leads Special Crime Operations, continued; "As can clearly be seen, the Garda Síochána, through Serious Crime Operations (SCO), is engaged in activity on all three fronts in recent days. In particular, today the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) has brought to fruition an operation targeting drug trafficking, which has an international dimension.

"This has resulted in a significant seizure of cannabis herb and cocaine and the arrest of a number of suspects. Action in this jurisdiction has been coordinated with action being undertaken by international law enforcement authorities."

"Significant" quantity of drugs seized in Meath

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll is in The Netherlands today where he is meeting Dutch law enforcement personnel and law enforcement personnel from other jurisdictions.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, he added;

KINGPIN: Daniel Kinahan who heads up the Kinahan cartel
KINGPIN: Daniel Kinahan who heads up the Kinahan cartel

""It has an international dimension. It is an operational activity which is ongoing.

"I'm in the Hague today engaging with international partners."

He also confirmed that gardaí will be releasing more details later today of other operational activity.

Gardai at the scene of the drug seizure
Gardai at the scene of the drug seizure

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