Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two men held as gardai smash €2m drugs ring

Ken Foy and Niall O’Connor

HEAVILY armed detectives have smashed one of the country's biggest drug-dealing cartels after a massive surveillance operation that took months of planning.

The €2 million bust has torn apart a number of dangerous gangs based in the Tallaght, Finglas, Crumlin and Carlow areas.

A senior source said: “This is a huge operation – of perhaps more significance than the cannabis herb that was got is the fact that gardai have possibly dismantled one of the biggest gangs in the country.

“This gang is dealing drugs on a mega scale nationwide. This is a major blow to them.”

The operation was led by the Garda National Drugs Unit and Organised Crime Unit.

Armed gardai bust city gang’s drugs cartel with €2m haul.

Two men are still in custody today, but one man has been released without charge over the seizure of cannabis worth almost €2 million in counties Kildare and Dublin yesterday.

Gardai found €600,000 worth of the drug after searching a van and a car in Castlewarden, Co Kildare, yesterday afternoon.

Then, during a follow-up search at a business premises in the Cookstown area of Tallaght, cannabis herb, worth around €1.2 million was found.

The two men who are still in custody are being held at Clondalkin garda station.

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