Gardaí investigate if two gangs clubbed together to import over €1m worth of drugs seized in Dublin today
More than €1m worth of drugs was seized
February 02 2021 05:30 PM
Gardaí are investigating if at least two different west Dublin gangs clubbed together to import and distribute over €1m worth of drugs which were seized 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 gang in getting the drugs which were discovered today into Ireland.
One line of an enquiry is whether a Tallaght criminal aged in his 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.
Over €1m worth of drugs and four imitation firearms have been recovered after armed detectives raided a storage facility in the capital.
The seizure includes one of the biggest hauls of crack cocaine that has been seized in recent times.
Dozens of gardaí were involved in this morning’s operation during which a total of 27 storage containers were searched in the City West area.
Crack cocaine with an estimated value of €542,000 was seized along with €452,00 worth of cannabis herb.
A further €70,000 worth of cocaine along with four imitation firearms was also seized in the raids targeting serious organised crime in southwest Dublin.
Due to the nature of the operation members of the heavily armed Emergency Response Unit (ERU) were brought in to help with the searches.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the significant seizure but inquiries are ongoing with a total of 27 shipping containers being searched.
The investigation is being led by detectives based in Tallaght garda station where an incident room has also been established.
A Garda spokesman said: “The operation was led by the District Detective Unit Tallaght assisted by District Detective Unit Rathfarnham, Drugs Unit Tallaght, Burglary Response Unit DMR South, Emergency Response Unit, the Dog Unit and other local units.
“No arrests were made in this phase of the investigation. An Incident Room has been established at Tallaght Garda Station and the scene is currently being preserved pending technical and forensic examination.
“Investigations are ongoing,” the spokesman added.
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 €542,000 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 44pc between 2018 and 2019, according to the report from the Health Research Board (HRB) released last July.