Monday 11 December 2017

Massive drugs seizure linked to dangerous gang

'The huge seizure near Ashbourne, Co Meath, was part of a month-long investigation by specialist detectives' (stock photo)
'The huge seizure near Ashbourne, Co Meath, was part of a month-long investigation by specialist detectives' (stock photo)

Ken Foy

A massive €3.8m drug seizure is being linked to one of the capital's most dangerous drugs gangs.

The huge seizure near Ashbourne, Co Meath, was part of a month-long investigation by specialist detectives.

In total 160kg of suspected cannabis herb, around 30kg of pure MDMA powder, and 2.5kg of cannabis resin was seized in this operation which was carried out by Ashborne gardaí. A 31-year-old Co Meath man remained in Garda custody last night at Kells station where he was being questioned about the haul, which was allegedly found in a shed.

The gang being targeted is believed to have set up a massive criminal operation importing cannabis from the Netherlands into Ireland via the postal system.

The organiser has barely any previous criminal convictions despite being one of the main targets of the international police investigation codenamed Operation Majesty which was revealed in September, 2013.

Operation Majesty saw the gang boss targeted in separate raids that led to the seizure of €4.4m worth of drugs.

Irish Independent

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