Operation Tara seizes drugs with estimated value of over €1.3m in recent days

by Rose Barrett
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Major finds in Dublin and Meath, along with large amount of cash

As part of #OperationTara – Gardaí attached to our Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau have seized cocaine with an estimated value of €1.2m along with significant sums of cash. One man was arrested during operations which took place on Monday in Dublin and Meath.

Yesterday, gardaí seized approximately €120,000 of suspected ketamine during an operation conducted in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, as part of Operation Tara.

The earlier finds this week were conducted with the support of the Defence Forces, other national and divisional Garda units as well as the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Assistant Commissioner for Organised and Serious Crime, Justin Kelly said, “The focus of An Garda Síochána is preventing harm to our communities. This operation has prevented a significant amount of cocaine making it onto our streets for supply, the profit from which would have been reinvested, not only in further drugs supply, but also to fuel other forms of violence and harm.

“Seizing this huge sum of cash is a significant blow for this organised crime group and demonstrates our strategy to dismantle such groups and deprive them of their illicit profits.”

“I wish to thank all the members of An Garda Síochána from the various specialist sections involved in this substantial policing operation. I also wish express my gratitude to our Defence Forces personnel who also provided valuable assistance and expertise.”

Clondalkin/Ballyfermot operation

As a result of investigations into the sale and supply of drugs in the area, gardaí from the Clondalkin District Drug Unit assisted by gardaí from the Ballyfermot Detective Unit conducted an operation at Corkagh Park on Thursday, June 22.
At approximately 6pm, gardaí searched a male in his late teens who was found to be in possession of approximately €600 worth of suspected cannabis. This male was arrested and taken to a garda station in Dublin. He has since been released pending further investigations.
During a follow-up search of the immediate area, gardaí seized a package hidden in undergrowth which contained approximately €120,000 of suspected ketamine. All of the drugs seized will be sent to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) for analysis.

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