Saturday 25 May 2019

Sophisticated 'pill factory' linked to Kinahan cartel raided, €500k of ecstasy seized

Three men have been arrested after discovery of pill-making factory.
Three men have been arrested after discovery of pill-making factory.
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

GARDAI have seized around half a million euro worth of drugs after raiding an ecstasy making factory in Kildare.

Detectives from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau raided the property in Celbridge this morning where they discovered around 9kg of MDMA powder and other drug making paraphernalia.

Three men - who are all Polish nationals and in their 30s and mid 40s - have been arrested and are being quizzed at Leixlip and Lucan garda stations.

Gardaí believe that the sophisticated "pill factory", being run from the property, is linked to the Kinahan cartel.

It is understood that the MDMA seized had only recently been transported to the house where the raid took place.

Chemical components used to make ecstasy were also seized during the raid.

Speaking after the operation, Assistant Commissioner John O’ Driscoll who has charge of Special Crime Operations said: "This operation provides further evidence of the extent of links between Irish based organised crime groups and the international drug trade.

"The Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) has today dealt another blow to those involved in organised crime. Our effort in tackling organised crime is unrelenting and will continue as long as is necessary."

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