€4m worth of drugs seized in Dublin, 6 men arrested

Over €4m worth of cocaine and cannabis has been seized and 6 people arrested in three separate Garda operations in Dublin.

The Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized 35kgs of cocaine worth €3m when they intercepted a handover of the drugs between two cars in the car park in Liffey Valley.

The drugs were being moved from a Dutch registered car to an Irish registered car.

Four people were arrested there, two are Dutch nationals the other two are from County Meath.

Gardaí say the suspects are connected to a criminal gang operating in North Dublin and Meath and that the seizure has resulted in a major importation route being detected and disbanded.

In a second operation targeting another Meath based drugs gang officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized 45kgs of Cannabis Herb.

The drugs which are estimated to be worth over €800,000 were in a van stopped on the Naas Road.

One man from Navan was arrested there.

And in a separate operation by the Finglas Drugs Unit Gardaí seized an €210,000 worth of cannabis resin following a planned search in the area.

A man was arrested during this operation.

The Assistant Commissioner in charge of Special Crime Operations John O’ Driscoll said the Gardaí were aware of an increased demand for drugs in the run up to Christmas and as a result targeted particular criminal gangs.

Gardaí say these drugs seizures are the result of intelligence based investigations and the surveillance of key figures in organized crime gangs, two were led by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau targeting the Kinahan Crime gang.

Assistant CommissionerJohn O Driscoll in charge of special crim Ops welcomed the seizures which he said was the result of An Garda Síochána being aware of an increased demand for controlled substances over the Christmas which led to targeted monitoring of a number of particular organized crime groups.

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