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Three men held after gardaí target drugs gang

By Sean O’Riordan
SENIOR gardaí believe they have severely dented the operations of a drugs gang, which is alleged to be involved in major dealing in the Munster region.

The claim came yesterday after three men were arrested and €120,000 in cash and €40,000 worth of amphetamines were seized in raids in Cork and Kerry.

The raids were carried out by members of the Cork City Garda Divisional Drugs Unit and officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

Detectives swooped on a house in Riverstown, Glanmire, at 12.30am.

They arrested a man in his 60s and seized €120,000 which was discovered in the house. He was taken to Mayfield Garda Station for questioning.

At 2.35am a man in his 30s was arrested at a house in Wolfe Tone St in Cork City. Detectives seized a small amount of cannabis which was concealed in the house. He was taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station.

At 10am a third man was arrested by detectives, this time at a house in Killarney, Co Kerry. They also seized amphetamines at the house, which are said to have an estimated street value of €40,000.

That man, who is in his 30s, was also taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station for questioning. It is understood he is a native of Killarney.

All three were being detained under Section 2 of the Drugs Trafficking Act. Under that act they can be held for up to seven days.

A senior garda spokesman said the investigation is ongoing and is focusing on money-laundering and drug trafficking.

"We believe these people to be all part of the same gang. They are very significant players and we’re delighted with the operation so far," a senior garda source said yesterday.

It is understood that the operation was mounted following surveillance and intelligence gathering.

"We wouldn’t rule out further arrests in this operation as it is ongoing," the garda source added.