More than two million euros worth of drugs were seized and seven people were arrested after several searches at different locations in Dublin.
Intelligence-led Garda operations conducted in three locations in Dublin on Wednesday and Thursday targeted international drug trafficking networks.
On Wednesday, Garda searched a residence in Beaumont, Dublin 9 and found several bottles of wine and champagne.
After a technical examination, it was suspected that the seized bottles contained cocaine in liquid form.
The value of the seized cocaine is estimated at more than 150,000 euros.
A man in his 20s was arrested on the spot on suspicion of drug trafficking and is currently being held at the Ballymun Garda police station.
In another operation on Wednesday, members of the Garda National Drug and Organized Crime Authority and the Special Crime Unit intercepted a vehicle driving on the M50 motorway.
The investigation team also searched locations in the Dublin 2 area and in Palmerstown, Dublin 20.
During these searches, the investigation team found and seized substances believed to include cannabis, cocaine and heroin. Now they are subject to forensic examination.
Currently, the market value of the seized drugs is estimated at more than two million euros.
A significant amount of cash was also found and seized, the amount of which will be established. Garda believes that this is the proceeds of drug trafficking.
The Garda also confiscated equipment used for money counting and vacuum packaging of money and drugs, as well as communication devices and a “significant” amount of documentation.
Five men, aged between 20 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and are currently being held under drug trafficking law in various branches of the Dublin Police.
A sixth man, aged 30, was arrested on Thursday as part of a follow-up operation in the Dublin 2 area.
This suspect was also arrested on suspicion of drug dealing and is currently being held at Donnybrook Police Station.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who leads the Garda’s initiatives to tackle organized and serious crime, said the seizures and arrests were “significant”.
“The results of the operational activities undertaken by the Garda National Anti-Drug and Organized Crime Authority, with the support of a number of other specialized units of the Garda Siohan, over the past twenty-four hours are very significant and reflect the exceptional police skills along with the dedication and courage on the part of the personnel,” said he.
“From the global perspective of the drug supply chains that deliver drugs to cities and towns in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, Garda Síochána has developed particularly strong and productive relationships with law enforcement in many countries around the world. number of continents.
He said Gardai and the citizens of Ireland are “reaping the benefits of Garda Siochana’s work on a global level”.
“A large amount of drugs was seized, as well as a significant amount of money allegedly obtained from drug trafficking.
“Individuals believed to be prominent in the world of organized crime have been identified and arrested. A drug trafficking route has been identified and interrupted, a new way to conceal controlled substances has been identified and uncovered,” he said.