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major bust Gardai probe if over €1m worth of drugs seized from storage facility was imported by two west Dublin gangs

Senior sources say that detectives are working on the theory that ‘The Family’ gang worked with a Tallaght mob in getting the drugs into Ireland.

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Gardai are investigating if at least two different west Dublin gangs clubbed together to import and distribute over €1 million worth of drugs which were seized by gardai this morning.

The drugs were found in a number of shipping containers following a detailed search in an industrial unit in the City West area of the capital.

This is the same location where officers discovered €5m worth of ecstasy and MDMA last November.

Senior sources say that detectives are working on the theory that ‘The Family’ gang, whose stronghold is in the Ballyfermot/Clondalkin area, worked with a Tallaght mob in getting the drugs into Ireland.

One line of an enquiry is whether a Tallaght criminal (late 20s) who previously survived a gun assassination attempt and has served a jail term for a violent high profile assault may have been involved in importing the drugs along with ‘The Family’ gang.

The search operation, which was carried out as part of ongoing investigations led by the District Detective Unit in Tallaght, took place at storage facility in the City West area where twenty seven containers were searched under warrant.

The seizure includes one of the biggest hauls of crack cocaine that has been seized in recent times.

During the course of the searches, gardaí in Tallaght recovered suspected cannabis herb worth €452,100, suspected crack cocaine valued at €542,500, and suspected cocaine valued at €70,000.

The total value of drugs seized is approximately €1.1 million (pending forensic analysis).

Four imitation firearms were also seized during the course of the searches.

The bust could be just the latest blow to 'The Family' mob who are led by convicted heroin dealer Brian Grendon (42) and who have been the subject of numerous raids by specialist garda units in recent years.

Despite this, sources say that their base continues to grow and that they are typically working with other gangs in arranging the importation and distribution of drugs.

Detectives have seized millions in euro in cash from ‘The Family’ gang in recent months.

A source said that such a large seizure of crack cocaine – over €542k worth – is “unusual” in Ireland “but it shows that it is an increasing problem.

The number of people treated for crack cocaine use increased by 44 per cent between 2018 and 2019, according to the report from the Health Research Board (HRB) released last July.

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