DUBLIN, Ireland - A series of searches in Dublin and Co Meath have resulted in the discovery and seizure of €700,000 in cash.
Three people have been arrested as a result of the searches and face charges relating to organised crime.
Luck ran out for the syndicate at around 6:00pm on Tuesday night when officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) intercepted a vehicle on Collins Avenue, Dublin 9. When they searched the car officers found cash in the region of €400,000.
Two men, 53 and 29, were subsequently arrested and are currently detained at Raheny and Clontarf Garda Stations.
Additional searches were then undertaken at premises in counties Dublin and Meath with assistance provided by the Garda Dog Unit resulting in another seizure of cash, believed to be in the region of €300,000.
A quantity of what is believed to be controlled drugs, including cocaine and MDMA tablets, with an estimated street value of €30,000 was also seized. A man aged 22 years was subsequently arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and is currently detained at Ballymun Garda Station.
"An Garda Sochna's activities undertaken through Special Crime Operations (SCO) with an aim of dismantling particular organised crime organisations (OCG's) continues. The seizure yesterday by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) of cash, believed to be associated with organised crime, to an estimated value of €700,000, bringing to over €2 million the amount of cash seized by GNDOCB so far this year, is an important achievement designed to impact significantly on particular OCGs," Garda Assistant Commissioner John O Driscoll said Wednesday.