Three further men detained by gardaí targeting organised crime

Two other men were detained in county Meath after gardaí uncovered drugs worth €7m

Three further men detained by gardaí targeting organised crime

Drugs uncovered by gardaí in Dublin. Image: An Garda Síochána

Five men have been arrested today as part of major operations targeting organised crime.

Three men were arrested in Dublin after gardaí seized drugs and cash in a number of searches this afternoon.

The arrests follow on from the two men who were detained in County Meath as part of an international operation that uncovered drugs worth an estimated €7m in Ashbourne.

Operation Thistle

Garda “Operation Thistle” saw officers from a number of garda units carrying out searches across Dublin today.

During a search at Berry’s Close, Inchicore a number of packages containing 3.5kg of a “powder-like substance” believed to be cocaine and heroin. A car was also seized for technical examination.

Gardaí said the estimated street value of the drugs is €350,000.

A search at a house at Kilmainham Bank meanwhile uncovered heroin with a street value of €25,000 alongside €6,000 in cash.

Drugs uncovered by gardaí in Dublin. Image: An Garda Síochána

Three imitation firearms were also seized.

A man in his 50s was arrested and is being detained at Kilmainham Garda Station.

Another search at Basin Street in Kilmainham uncovered heroin with a street value of €1,000.

A man in his 40s was arrested and is also being detained at Kilmainham.

A third man, aged in his 40s, was arrested based on outstanding warrants at nearby McCarthy Terrace. He was brought to court and has since been remanded in custody.

Drugs uncovered by gardaí in Dublin. Image: An Garda Síochána

Organised crime

The arrests bring to five the number of people detained today by gardaí investigating organised crime in the city.

Two other men, aged 31 and 37, were arrested in Ashbourne County Meath this morning after a major international operation uncovered drugs worth around €7m in two storage units in the town.

It is understood further arrests were made in the Netherlands as part of the operation.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll remains in The Netherlands this evening. He said the Meath operation was coordinated with a number of international law enforcement authorities