| -2°C Dublin

major op Gardaí investigate mob links as €12m of cocaine seized in Ringaskiddy Port drugs bust

Around 172kg of cocaine was seized in Cork yesterday as part of a major operation.

Close


GARDAÍ have not yet identified which organised crime gang is responsible for the biggest drugs seizure of the year with a value of more than €12m, according to senior sources.

Around 172kg of cocaine was seized in Cork yesterday as part of a major operation.

The joint operation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenue's Customs Service uncovered cocaine with an estimated street value of €12.04m in Ringaskiddy Port.

The drugs were discovered following an intensive search of containers that arrived on a vessel from Central America.

Senior sources say that gardaí have not yet identified which organised crime gang is responsible for the seizure.

"There are very few gangs operating in this country that have the means to directly organise such a massive shipment from central America," a source said.

"However, there is no doubt that this would well be within the capabilities of the Kinahan cartel or the international network controlled by The Penguin."

George 'The Penguin' Mitchell is a German-based drugs trafficker who is originally from Ballyfermot.

Close

George 'The Penguin' Mitchell

George 'The Penguin' Mitchell

George 'The Penguin' Mitchell

Gardaí have also not ruled out that a number of different organised crime gangs may have "clubbed together" to bring in the massive haul.

There have been no arrests in the case so far.

Meanwhile, Assistant Garda Commissioner and head of organised and serious crime John O'Driscoll said in a statement the joint operation "demonstrates the potential of collaborative working relationships involving partner agencies, in tackling importation of controlled drugs that harm our communities.

"The Garda Síochána will continue to work with others at a national and international level in targeting the importation and supply of illicit drugs and the organised crime gangs that benefit from such activity."

Mick Gilligan, director of Customs Drug Law Enforcement, also commented on the seizure: "Combating the smuggling of controlled drugs such as cocaine into this jurisdiction, in collaboration with An Garda Síochána is a priority for Revenue."

He said Revenue had deployed the "full suite" of its specialist search resources including its container X-ray scanner, canine drug detection teams, container inspection teams and deep rummage officers from its Customs National Maritime Service.

Mr Gilligan said the seizure "will have a significant impact on organised crime and demonstrates the hard work that is undertaken every day by Revenue's Customs Service and gardaí".


Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Sunday World


Privacy