Drugs importation network uncovered

Gardaí and Customs have uncovered a major drugs importation network in a Co Limerick village after tracking a parcel sent via courier service through Shannon.

Five kilos of cannabis with a street value of about €96,000 was discovered during a raid in a house in Pallaskenry.

A man in his 50s was arrested, and a short time later two other men in their 40s and 50s were arrested at an address in the nearby village of Kildimo.

It is believed that members of the Limerick divisional drugs squad under Det Sgt Alan Cullen, along with Customs officials, were monitoring the movements of one of the arrested men who had made contact with associates in Spain recently.

The suspect previously served a sentence over 10 years ago after he was found with a huge quantity of cannabis in an underground car park in Limerick.

He had brought in the drugs for a major Limerick gang to help pay off gambling debts. After his release he went abroad.

Since his return to Limerick, he has been monitored by drugs squad detectives.

One of the two other men arrested was suspected of being involved in a violent attack in Limerick some years ago.

A source said the third man in custody may have been used as part of the plan to get the drugs into the country without arousing suspicions. All three are being held at Henry Street Garda Station and can be detained under section 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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