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Man in his 70s arrested after €5.1 million drugs seizure at IKEA car park

Cannabis resin and cannabis herb were discovered in two locations in Dublin yesterday.

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FOUR MEN AND a woman have been arrested following a drug seizure in Dublin.

Gardaí discovered €5.1 million worth of cannabis in two related operations in the capital yesterday.

The first discovery was made when a van and car were searched while in the IKEA car park on the Ballymun Road. Gardaí found 90kg of cannabis resin and arrested three men – one in his 20s, one in his 30s and another in his 70s.

In a follow-up search at a unit in a North Dublin business park, gardaí seized 240kg of cannabis herb. They also arrested a fourth man who is in his 30s.

A short time later a woman in her 30s was arrested in the Ballymun area.

All five are being held at stations in Ballymun, Finglas and Blanchardstown under drug trafficking laws.

The Garda National Drugs Unit said the seizures were part of ongoing, intelligence-led operations targeting the sale and supply of drugs.

“These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks,” it said in a statement.

“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.”

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