Cocaine hidden in champagne and wine seized as part of €2m drug bust linked to Kinahan cartel

Seven people have been arrested after seized more than €2 million worth of drugs and hundreds of thousands of euros in cash linked to the Kinahan cartel.

One Operation Gardai discovered cocaine concealed in champagne and wine, while another in Dublin arrested gang accomplices in coordinated searches.

Those detained include both Irish criminals and foreign nationals suspected of being involved in drug trafficking networks “internationally”.

On Wednesday, detectives searched a private property in the Beaumont area, where they seized wine and champagne bottles.

The alcohol has since been technically tested and is suspected to contain cocaine in liquid form with an estimated street value of €150,000.

As part of this seizure, a man aged 20 was arrested and is currently being held for drug trafficking at Ballymun Garda station.

Another Operation Guardi from the Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau (DOCB) intercepted a vehicle traveling along the M50 motorway, while a follow-up search was carried out in Palmerstown and the south-inner city of Dublin.

Several suspects attempted to escape from Gardai during the operation by swimming across the Lifi River, but were later arrested.

During the search, an estimated €2 million worth of cocaine, cannabis and heroin, as well as hundreds of thousands of euros in cash, were recovered.

Money counting and vacuum packing machines, encrypted communication equipment and a “substantial amount” of documents were also seized and are being investigated.

As part of this operation, six men in the age group of 20 to 40 years have been arrested and are being held under drug trafficking law at various Garda stations.

Those taken into custody are understood to include individuals from the inner-city north of Dublin who have close ties to criminals serving long sentences for conspiracy to murder on behalf of the Kinahan Cartel.

Gardai believes they were continuing to operate a drugs network in the capital on behalf of international crime gangs that were imposed financial sanctions by the US government in April.

John O’Driscoll, assistant Garda commissioner in charge of the force’s response to serious and organized crime, said those who acted at a significant level of criminality had been arrested.

“The result of the operational activity supported by the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau over the past twenty-four hours by several other elite units within the Garda Siochana is very significant and reflects exceptional policing skill with dedication and bravery on the part of the personnel involved.

“Engaging from the global aspect of the drug supply network supplying drugs to cities and towns in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, Garda Siochana has built particularly strong and productive relationships with law enforcement entities in many countries. . Number of continents.

“Today again Garda Siochana and the people of Ireland take advantage of Garda Siochana’s outreach on a global scale.

“Various amounts of drugs have been confiscated, along with large amounts of money derived from drug trafficking. Individuals believed to be operating at a significant level within the world of organized crime were identified and they have been arrested. Drug trafficking routes have been identified and disrupted and a new method of concealment of controlled substances has been identified and uncovered,” Mr. O’Driscoll said. Told.