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Garda Press Office The items seized by gardaí

Gardaí seize €525,000 worth of suspected cocaine while Revenue seize MDMA and cannabis

Several arrests have been confirmed today related to drug seizures.

LAST UPDATE | Jul 6th 2023, 2:19 PM

A MAN HAS been arrested following the seizure of €525,000 worth of suspected cocaine and €30,000 in cash in Dublin. 

The seizures were made during a search operation in Ballyfermot yesterday evening. 

At around 5pm, gardaí attached to the drugs unit in Ballyfermot, supported by detectives and uniform gardaí from Clondalkin and Ballyfermot Garda Station carried out a search of a residence in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.

This is where the suspected cocaine worth €525,000 and €30,000 cash were located and seized.

All of the seized drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) for analysis.

A man, aged in his early 20s, was arrested as part of this investigation. He is currently detained at a garda station in Dublin under the provisions of Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Paul Murphy said that “this intelligence led operation is a continuation of local gardaí’s effort to tackle serious and organised crime gangs whom are supplying controlled drugs to our local communities”.

“An Garda Síochána will continue these efforts in support of our communities to keep people safe,” he said. 

Separately, under an intelligence-led operation targeting people suspected to be involved in organised crime in the Dublin region, two joint operations were conducted today by the Revenue Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), and the Balbriggan Garda Drugs Unit.

Revenue officers seized approximately 2 kilograms of MDMA with an estimated street value of €120,000 and 26 kilograms of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €520,000.

Gardaí arrested a 29-year-old man in relation to the seizure of MDMA. He was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 and since released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Another man, aged 30, was arrested in relation to the herbal cannabis seizure and remains detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Investigations are ongoing.

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