Two held after cocaine and gun seized

Two men were in custody last night after Limerick gardaí seized a large haul of cocaine, a handgun, and a significant stash of ammunition and cash.

Gardaí believe one of the suspects has links to the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

The drugs, cash, ammunition and Glock pistol, were recovered during searches of six houses as well as a number of sheds and outhouses in the Cornmarket and Lower Gerald Griffin St areas. The handgun was loaded and hidden under floorboards in one of the houses. Two men, aged 26 and 37, were arrested under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Supt Frank O’Brien, Henry St, said the operation targeted the activities of those linked to a city-based drug gang. It was carried out as a follow-up probe into the gang’s activities in the same area.

Meanwhile, gardaí are appealing for information after a loaded sawn-off shotgun was discovered at a graveyard ahead of Cemetery Sunday ceremonies in Co Offaly. The gun was discovered by gardaí during an intelligence-led search at Clonminch Cemetery in Tullamore yesterday. Gardaí recovered a number of shotgun cartridges with the double-barreled weapon.

The find comes less then two weeks after gardaí averted major clashes between two rival Traveller families at a similar event in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Tullamore’s Inspector Kieran Keyes said: “We will have a security operation up in the graveyard on Sunday to prevent any violent disorder taking place.”

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who noticed suspicious activity at Clonminch Cemetery to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 93 27600.

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