Gardai have seized drugs worth €2m, and arrested seven men in an operation across the Dublin region targeting drug trafficking networks operating at an international level.
Gardai searched a house in Beaumont in Dublin 9 yesterday and seized a number of bottles of wine and champagne
A technical exam shows the bottles contain cocaine in liquid form, estimated to have a street value of over €150,000.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug trafficking and is currently detained at Ballymun Garda station.
In another operation yesterday gardai intercepted a vehicle on the M50. Officers also searched premises in Palmerstown in Dublin 20, and the Dublin 2 area, and seized substances believed to include cannabis, cocaine and heroin.
The street sale value of the drugs seized, is over €2m.
A substantial quantity of cash, believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking, was also seized.
Other items, including equipment used for counting money, and vacuum packing money and drugs, along with devices and documents, were also seized.
Five men, aged between their 20s and 40s were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and are currently held at various Garda stations in Dublin.
A sixth man, in his 30s, was arrested, today, in a follow up operation in the Dublin 2 area, on suspicion of drug trafficking and is currently detained at Donnybrook Garda station.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is assigned responsibility for heading Garda Síochána initiatives designed to tackle organised and serious crime today says: "The outcome of operational activity undertaken by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by a number of other specialised units within the Garda Síochána, over the past twenty-four hours, is very significant and reflects exceptional policing skills along with dedication and bravery on the part of the personnel involved.
"Arising from the global aspect of the drug supply networks that deliver drugs to cities and towns in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, the Garda Síochána has forged particularly strong and productive relationships with law enforcement entities in many countries across a number of continents.
"Again today the Garda Síochána and the people of Ireland reap the benefits of the Garda Síochána’s outreach at a global level.
"Large quantities of drugs have been seized, along with a significant quantity of money suspected to be proceeds of drug trafficking. Persons believed to operate at a significant level within the world of organised crime have been identified and arrested. A drug trafficking route has been identified and disrupted and a new method of concealing controlled substances has been identified and exposed”.
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