Three Meath people arrested as €3.8m in drugs seized

Story by John Donohoe

Friday, 7th December, 2018 7:21am

Three Meath people arrested as €3.8m in drugs seized

Three Meath people are reported to have been arrested as gardai have uncovered more than €4m worth of cocaine and cannabis in three separate operations in Dublin.

Two people from Meath and two Dutch nationals were arrested as drugs were being moved from a Dutch registered car to an Irish registered car in a car park in Liffey Valley.

Gardaí from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Special Crime Task Force, targeting organised criminal activity in the Dublin and Meath regions, intercepted the two vehicles in the car park, at 7.10pm last night.

A large quantity of suspected cocaine with an approximate street value of €2.8 million was seized and three men and one woman all in their 40s were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.

Gardaí say the suspects are connected to a criminal gang operating in north Dublin and Meath, and that the seizure sees the detection and ending of a major importation route.

In a second operation targeting a Meath-based drugs gang, officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized 45kgs of cannabis herb worth more than €800,000, in a van stopped at Rathcoole. One man from Navan was arrested.

A man was also arrested after gardaí seized around €210,000 worth of cannabis resin following a planned search in the Finglas area.

The six people in custody are being detained under drugs trafficking legislation and can be questioned for up to a week.

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