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Drugs swoop Gardai probing if massive cannabis seizure is linked to major north Dublin crime gang

36kg of cannabis and €22,000 in cash were seized after gardai searched four vehicles in Ashbourne and west Dublin following a suspected drugs handover.

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Detectives have seized drugs and cash worth around €750,000 after swooping on a handover and carrying out searches across three counties.

Three men have also been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking as part of the major operation targeting organised crime.

A number of Eastern European men have been detained and gardai are investigating if yesterday’s seizure is linked to a foreign crime gang predominately based in north Dublin.

In total 36kg of cannabis and €22,000 in cash were seized after gardai searched four vehicles in Ashbourne and west Dublin following a suspected drugs handover.

In a follow-up operation four houses across Meath, Louth and the capital were also searched.

The operation was carried out by gardai attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), supported by Revenue Customs and the Garda Dog Unit.

The estimated street value of the cannabis, pending analysis, is believed to be around €720,000. It is the latest in a spate of significant cannabis seizures by the GNDOCB in recent weeks.

Three men were arrested under drug trafficking legislation and are being held at separate stations.

The suspects, two aged in their 30s and one in his 40s, are being held at Ashbourne and Ronanstown garda stations.

It’s understood that this includes a number of Polish nationals and Gardai are investigating if the drugs were being moved by a foreign crime gang.

They can be held for a period of up to seven days before they must either be charged or released pending a file to the DPP.

Speaking today Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, head of Organised and Serious Crime, said:

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"The seizure today of a significant quantity of illicit drugs and the arrest of three suspects demonstrates the value of ongoing positive working relationships forged by An Garda Síochána with partner agencies, in Ireland, with the Revenue Customs Service.

"We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to tackle organised crime that impacts negatively on communities."

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