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Manhunt for €100k drugs suspect as he deserts 'overdosed' girlfriend

The woman was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she passed away on Monday
The woman was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she passed away on Monday

Gardai have launched a manhunt after a man fled the scene of a suspected drug overdose of his girlfriend where a huge drugs haul was found in a west Dublin home.

Officers discovered around €100,000 worth of cannabis after they were called to a house in Lucan where a woman was in a critical condition due to a suspected overdose. The woman has since died.

In a shocking development, her boyfriend fled the scene and has not been seen since.

Emergency services were called to the property at around 4am on Sunday by the tragic 30-year-old woman's boyfriend.

When gardai and ambulance services arrived at the house, the man fled the scene after letting them into the property, the Herald reports. He has been the subject of a major manhunt since.

The tragic woman was rushed to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she passed away on Monday.

A post mortem which was carried out on her body showed that her death was not suspicious. Toxicology tests are expected to confirm that she died from a drugs overdose.

Gardai have been hunting all week for the Dublin man, aged in his early 30s, who is understood to have lived in the Lucan house with his girlfriend.

After the man fled the scene and the woman was tended to by medical personnel, officers from Lucan Garda Station carried out a search of the house and discovered the huge haul of cannabis in a bedroom.

Sources say that gardai want to question the man about the €100,000 haul of drugs, which he may have been storing for a dangerous local gang.

The 30-year-old woman is understood to be originally from a respected family from Athy, Co Kildare.

She worked in administration in a Dublin hospital and her funeral is due to take place later this week.

Her boyfriend is known to gardai as being a drug user but is not considered a major criminal. Sources say that there are "major concerns for his welfare".

Meanwhile, in a completely separate incident in the Lucan area yesterday evening, an Eastern European gangster who has been heavily involved in cocaine dealing in Dublin's north inner city was arrested in possession of a handgun and ammunition during a planned raid.

The 35-year-old Lithuanian national, who has been a long-term target for the drugs unit based at Store Street Garda Station, was arrested when gardai from that unit raided a house at The Paddocks estate in Adamstown in west Dublin at 5.30pm yesterday. Stolen jewellery was also recovered.

A senior source said that gardai are increasingly concerned about the growing power of Lithuanian gangs in the north inner city drugs trade.

"These fellas are highly organised and extremely ruthless. Apart from cocaine, they have also been trafficking heroin and 'snowblow', and Irish criminals are now buying drugs from them on a wholesale basis," the source explained.

Ken Foy