Two Dublin Airport staff are being questioned on suspicion of drug trafficking after Gardaí seized over a million euros worth of cocaine.
The drugs arrest was made at the airport yesterday after a man got off a flight that had traveled from Brazil to Ireland via Germany.
Gardaí are understood to have attacked the suspects when the drug consignment was found in a toilet after being transported into the country.
That Irish Independent has learned that two of the men in custody are Dublin Airport employees employed by a third party.
The DAA confirmed that none of its employees were involved in the incident.
A third man arrested is the person who flew to Dublin. It is understood that he is a Brazilian national.
The suspects are currently being held at Blanchardstown and Coolock train stations in the capital.
They will be detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 and may be interrogated for up to seven days.
At the end of this term, they must either be charged or released from custody pending a file with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
A Garda spokesman said: “The seizure came as a result of a joint operation conducted by the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), the Revenue’s Customs Service. Help was also provided by law enforcement agencies in Germany and South America.”
The investigation is ongoing, the spokesman added.
Detectives are trying to determine if the drugs are linked to the Kinahan cartel or another major crime group based in Ireland.
They will also try to determine how long the suspected smuggling ring has been in operation.
Last March, a 33-year-old Irish man was arrested on a similar route after 15kg of cocaine was found in his luggage in Zurich.
He had flown from Sao Paulo to the Swiss city and wanted to travel to Dublin via Frankfurt before being arrested.
Gardaí are investigating possible links between the two incidents, but no links have yet been confirmed.
In recent years, Gardaí have increased their international cooperation with police forces around the world by deploying Garda liaison officers to different countries.
This included sending a senior detective to the Colombian capital of Bogota to help investigate cross-border drug trafficking from South America.
A separate seizure on Monday, also carried out by the GNDOCB and Revenue, saw nearly £7million worth of cannabis seized following an operation at a commercial building in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny
Two English nationals, aged between 30 and 40, remain in Garda custody in connection with the seizure for drug trafficking offences.
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