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Raids net cocaine and cannabis

GARDAI interrupted a drugs handover when they swooped on two cars in the car park of a retail outlet yesterday in an operation that led to the seizure of drugs worth up to €500,000 on the streets.

Gardai from the National Drugs Unit, backed up by officers from Clondalkin garda station in Dublin, were behind the operation. It is understood they had two cars under surveillance when they moved in on the vehicles in a car park near Newlands Cross in Clondalkin. The drugs were being handed over by a Dublin gang to a Cork gang.

They found about 10kg of cannabis herb in the cars. Two men in their 30s, from Dublin and Cork, were arrested at the scene. Both are being held in Clondalkin garda station.

Gardai then targeted an apartment in Phibblestown House, Clonsilla, along with a van and found about 1kg of cocaine and cannabis resin and herb. It is understood that a total of 25kg of cannabis herb and 4kg of resin were uncovered. The apartment was being used as a cocaine preparation factory. An industrial compressor was also found.

Gardai described the operation as "intelligence led".

In a separate operation, gardai from the National Drug Unit found 4kg of high-purity cocaine in luggage in a Dublin north city hotel. It had an estimated street value of at least €280,000, but because of the purity could be worth up to €1.12m. In the same hotel last week gardai recovered another shipment of cocaine and linked it to a third shipment found at Dublin airport. This was worth in total up to €4m.

The seizures followed a joint investigation with the customs drugs team into a gang smuggling the cocaine into the country from the Caribbean.

Irish Independent