Saturday 24 August 2019

Specialist gardai seize firearms and more than €1m worth of drugs in separate Dublin raids

Two of the firearms seized by gardaí.
Two of the firearms seized by gardaí.
Two of the guns seized by gardaí
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

SPECIALIST gardai have seized four firearms and more than €1m worth of drugs during separate organised crime operations in Dublin.

Two of the semi-automatic pistols were seized by gardai as part of a major investigation into criminals involved in the ongoing Drogheda feud.

A vehicle was stopped this afternoon near the Main Street in Tallaght by armed officers and a man, aged in his mid 30s, was arrested by members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

During a search of the vehicle two firearms were recovered, and the suspect, who is from Drogheda in Co Louth, is currently being held at a south Dublin garda station.

During a follow up search of a house in Drogheda drugs with an estimated street value of €40,000 were seized.

A senior source told Independent.ie that detectives are satisfied the two weapons recovered were linked to the ongoing Drogheda feud which has seen a number of murder attempts and violent incidents.

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Two of the guns seized by gardaí

It is believed a weapons hand-over had taken place, or was about to take place, when gardai swooped on the criminal.

In a separate operation yesterday DOCB detectives targeting organised crime in the Tallaght area seized two semi-automatic handguns along with €1m worth of drugs.

A female was arrested after gardai searched a premises in the south Dublin suburb.

This operation was part of an ongoing investigation targeting an organised crime gang in the Tallaght area.

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