Garda house raids result in biggest haul of heroin this year

THE biggest haul of heroin so far this year was made on Tuesday night when gardaí raided two houses in west Dublin.

Gardaí said the drug cache had an estimated street value of around €1.2 million.

While gardaí declined to specify the quantity seized, the valuation would suggest around 6kgs, based on a standard Garda street price of €200,000 per kilo.

The operation was carried out by the Tallaght District Drugs Unit, assisted by other local units.

A Garda spokesman said that at around 10.30pm on Tuesday, there was a “planned search” of two houses in the Kilclare Estate area of Jobstown in west Tallaght.

He said that during the course of the searches heroin with a street value of €1.2m was discovered.

He said that this valuation was subject to analysis by the State Forensic Science Laboratory.

Two men, aged 22 and 38, were arrested during the searches and were taken to Tallaght Garda Station.

They are being detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, which allows for a maximum possible detention period of seven days.

The Garda spokesman said investigations were ongoing.

The seizure on Tuesday followed a separate heroin haul in Dublin city centre’s north inner city on Monday evening.

In that operation, officers from the Garda North Central Drug Unit seized around € 85,000 worth of heroin from a parked van on North William Street.


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