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Gardai seize €70k worth of cocaine in coat hangers

GARDAI have smashed a suspected Eastern European drugs gang operating in the capital.

It followed a major surveillance operation.

Two men were arrested in a taxi in Terenure, south Dublin, on Saturday night.

Officers seized almost a kilo of cocaine which was hidden in seven wooden coat hangers.



TAXI

It is understood the drugs had just been imported into the country through Dublin Airport. Customs officers played a major part in the bust.

A 34-year-old woman is due in court later today in relation to the seizure of cocaine -- worth €70,000.

The drugs were found after gardai stopped and searched the taxi at about 7pm.

The occupants of the taxi - two men aged 38 and 28 - were arrested at the scene.

They were brought to Terenure Garda Station.

They were questioned in relation to drugs trafficking legislation.

One has since been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The woman was detained in Rathmines during the follow-up search of a house.

She has been questioned at Rathmines Garda Station and is expected before the courts later today.

The second man remains in custody at Terenure Garda Station.

All the suspects are foreign nationals -- living in Dublin but originally from Eastern Europe.

Saturday night's bust was one of the biggest cocaine seizures in recent months and is understood to have disrupted a major drugs distribution network.



DEALERS

The operation was co-ordinated by the garda's National Drugs Unit and the Revenue Customs Service.

It is understood that the east European gang had planned to sell the cocaine onto mid-level dealers in the south Dublin area.

Sources say that the method of smuggling drugs into Ireland using coat hangers has "rarely been seen before".

kfoy@herald.ie


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