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Cache of high-powered guns and drugs seized by gardai

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
One of the rifles seized in Clondalkin yesterday evening
One of the rifles seized in Clondalkin yesterday evening

Gardai have released images of a number of firearms along with a huge amount of heroin which were seized yesterday evening in the Dublin area.

Officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, with the assistance of Gardai from the Tallaght Drugs Unit, stopped a car on Greenhills Road in Tallaght and discovered the cache of weapons. 

Heroin and cocaine worth an estimated €3 million was also seized during the operation. 

The recovered firearms include an AK 47 assault rifle and ammunition, two .22 rifles and ammunition, and a loaded pump action shotgun along with silencers and telescope sights. 

Two males, aged 41 and 34, have been arrested and are currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 2 of The Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. 

Investigations are ongoing, gardai said. 

The latest haul is the second such seizure in the Dublin area this year. 

In February, a Steyr AUG machine gun, two Heckler & Koch MP-5 sub machine guns, a Beretta 9mm and a SIG Sauer P220 were confiscated by gardai.

Cocaine and heroin worth €4.9 million, a handgun, and ammunition were also seized at a location in the Bluebell Industrial estate. 

"These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks," gardai said. 

"Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities. 

"Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality."