Gang made €750,000 of cocaine a week

GARDAÍ in Dublin have broken up one of the biggest cocaine networks in the city.

Detectives from the Garda National Drugs Unit arrested one man at a house in Terenure at 9.15pm on Thursday. The house was being used as a cocaine factory to produce €750,000 worth of the drug every week for the past year.

Three-quarters of a kilo of cocaine worth around €38,000 were found, plus a compressor, a vacuum packer and other materials for mixing and packaging cocaine for sale.

The arrested man is a 46-year-old English criminal who is on the run and wanted in Britain. Detectives say he lived in the inner city but mixed the cocaine at the premises in Terenure on behalf of a drugs gang from Tallaght.

Last night, the man was charged at Pearse St Garda station with possession of drugs and possession with intent to supply. He is due in court this morning.

The cocaine is believed to have been bought in Spain and then imported through Holland.

Meanwhile, gardaí and customs officers yesterday seized 0.2 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of approximately €15,000, following a search of a house in Blanchardstown.

The drugs were hidden in a parcel which had been sent from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

Two non-nationals, a 21-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, were arrested under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act and were taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station.

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