Guns, €126k worth of drugs and a monkey seized in major garda raid
TWO men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the seizure of firearms, ammunition and drugs in Dublin.
Gardaí carried out the searches at premises on Ratoath Road, Finglas earlier this morning.
During the search, gardai discovered one Machine Pistol, one Sub- Machine Gun, one .357 calibre Revolver, 300 Rounds of assorted 9mm and .357 ammunition and 227 Rounds of 12 gauge Shotgun Cartridges.
Cannabis worth €29,500 and cocaine with a street value of €97,300 were seized, as well as a quantity of clothing with a value of €3,000.
It is understood that a caged monkey was also seized, which has since been handed over to the DSCPA.
The monkey, a common marmoset, is now being taken care of by the DSPCA.
The breed originally lived on the northeastern coast of Brazil but though both intentional and unintentional release, its habitat expanded. It's now considered an invasive species.
Two men, one in his 30 and one in his 40s were arrested at the scene are detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 at Finglas Garda Station.
A woman in her 30s is detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, also at Finglas Garda Station.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan congratulated gardai on the seizure this evening.
"I congratulate An Garda Síochána for the significant seizure of firearms, ammunition and drugs made in Finglas this morning," he said.
"The display makes for a truly shocking sight. Lethal weapons are intended to cause injury and take life. Those responsible must face the full rigours of the law.”
While local Fine Gael TD, Noel Rock, said that each seizure in the "great community" of Finglas is a welcome one.
"Today’s seizure is down to the diligent work of local gardaí and their relentless pursuit of all leads locally. They have clearly worked hard to tackle crime and once again have managed to take more guns and drugs out of the wrong hands before they can be used to inflict harm.
“In recent years, the challenges faced by gardaí have become more complex, but they continue to rise to these challenges and deserve all the praise they get. I doubt today will be the last such seizure in Dublin, and each one is to be welcomed. The addition of extra gardaí in Finglas under Fine Gael in Government has clearly had a positive impact.
Deputy Rock concluded: “Finglas is a great community and a great area. 99.9pc of our people here want to have nothing to do with this kind of thing. I’m ambitious for Finglas and want to see it continue to receive investment and resources.”
Meanwhile, Revenue seized €50,000 worth of drugs in Limerick today.
Officers discovered 2.5kg of herbal cannabis during searches, under warrant, of two houses in Limerick.
The seizures were made as a result of a joint operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service, gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Limerick and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
Two Irish men, one in his fifties and the second in his forties, were arrested by gardaí and are detained under Section 2 of The Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act 1996 at Limerick Garda Station.