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Gardaí seized four firearms, including two rifles, a handgun and a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and €18,000 of suspected cocaine during an intelligence led operation in Finglas on Thursday evening.

Gardaí seized four firearms, including two rifles, a handgun and a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and €18,000 of suspected cocaine during an intelligence led operation in Finglas on Thursday evening.

Gardaí seized four firearms, including two rifles, a handgun and a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and €18,000 of suspected cocaine during an intelligence led operation in Finglas on Thursday evening.

Gardaí have seized four firearms and a quantity of drugs during an operation targeting a suspected drugs network in the capital.

On Thursday evening, officers carried out a number of raids and searches in the Hazelcroft area of Finglas as part of an intelligence operation.

A property as well as two cars suspected of being used for criminal activity were searched, which led to the significant firearms recovery.

During the search of one car, a handgun was recovered along with ammunition, while €18,000 worth of cocaine was also seized.

The drugs were divided and bagged into small quantities, with gardaí suspecting they were in the process of being made available for sale and supply.

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A second car was searched and gardaí recovered a sawn-off Browning shotgun, SAKO rifle, Rifle 22 with scope, and ammunition.

All of the weapons seized will be sent to the Ballistics Unit at Garda Headquarters and will be forensically examined.

Gardaí will also try to find out whether they had been used in any older crimes. The two cars that were searched have also been seized for further technical examination. No arrests have yet been made but investigations are ongoing.

"No person has been detained at this stage in relation to the firearms seizure but investigation are ongoing," a source said. "This was a targeted operation focusing on a drugs network in the local area and is part of an ongoing criminal investigation."

Gardaí said the operation was carried out after they received intelligence into the sale and supply of drugs in the Finglas area.

A spokesman said that the investigation involved gardaí from the Divisional Drug Unit, the K-Divisional Task Force and the District Detective Unit, with assistance from the Armed Support Unit.

The seizure is the latest made by gardaí investigating the sale and supply of drugs in the area.

In June, during an unrelated incident, gardaí from the K District seized €340,000 worth of suspected cannabis following an incident which concluded on Dunsink Lane, Dublin 15.

The K is Ireland's busiest policing district and includes Blanchardstown, Finglas and Cabra. While conducting a checkpoint on the Ratoath Road in Finglas, officers observed a van turning away from the checkpoint.

Following a pursuit, the van was discovered abandoned on Dunsink Lane, but the driver managed to flee.

Following a search, 17 vacuum-packed bags, weighing roughly 1kg each, were found in the rear of the vehicle.

The packages contained cannabis, with an estimated street value of €340,000.

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