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Dublin gang suspected in €5m smuggled drugs haul

A MAN with no previous links to organised crime has been arrested by gardai investigating a €5.1m drugs haul.

The cannabis and ecstasy was hidden in pallets of furniture on a truck from continental Europe.

Detectives are probing whether the drugs were controlled by a major Coolock-based gang.

The 41-year-old suspect in custody is from the Belcamp area of north Dublin.

He was arrested after a controlled delivery was made at Rosemount Business Park in Blanchardstown.

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He was still being questioned in Blanchardstown Garda Station overnight about one of the biggest drug busts of the year.

Customs Officers received "cross-border intelligence" about the huge drugs importation plot and tipped off the Garda national drugs unit who carried out surveillance for a number of days before the suspect allegedly arrived to collect it on Tuesday evening.

A senior source said: "It seems that the arrested individual was used by the gang who owned the drugs because he was previously under the garda radar.

"He has barely anything in the way of convictions but suffice to say he is not in a good place right now."

Eighty kilos of cannabis herb as well as 350,000 ecstasy tablets were recovered during the raid at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

A source explained: "This was a joint operation between customs and gardai – it is one of the biggest seizures of the years.

"This was an operation which had been ongoing between the two agencies for some time."

A Customs spokesperson said: "Approximately 80kg of herbal cannabis, with an estimated street value of €1.6m and approximately 350,000 tablets, suspected to be MDMA (Ecstasy) with an estimated street value of €3.5m were seized."

Yesterday's haul is the biggest ecstasy bust this year, and it is the third major seizure in north Dublin in the past two months.

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Last month, a member of a well known north Dublin gang was arrested, then released without charge after detectives seized over €1m worth of ecstasy and €700,000 worth of cannabis herb in a raid at a house in Donabate.

And in April, gardai in Coolock seized €400,000 worth of the drug when they stopped a car in Darndale.

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