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 on Monday after a man got off a plane after traveling from Brazil to Ireland via Germany.
Gardaí are understood to have approached the suspects when the drug shipment was picked up in a toilet after being transported into the country.
That Irish Independent has learned that two men in custody are Dublin Airport employees employed by a third party.
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 were held at Blanchardstown and Coolock Garda train stations in the capital last night.
They are being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996, after which they may be questioned for up to seven days.
At the end of their prison terms, they must either be charged or released from prison pending a file being submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
A Garda spokesman said last night: “Three men have been arrested in the area around Dublin’s An Garda Síochána Airport in connection with this seizure.
“The seizure came as a result of a joint operation conducted by the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and the Revenue’s Customs Service.
“Support was also provided by law enforcement agencies in Germany and South America.”
The investigation is ongoing, the spokesman said.
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 alleged smuggling ring has been active.
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 to the Swiss city from Sao Paulo in Brazil and wanted to continue to Dublin via Frankfurt, but was arrested.
Gardaí are investigating the possibility of 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 Gardaí 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, County Kilkenny.
Two English nationals, aged between 30 and 40, remain in Garda custody in connection with the seizure on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.
A Garda spokesman said: “The arrests followed an intelligence-led Garda operation targeting transnational drug trafficking networks conducted as part of Operation Tara, which focuses on disrupting, dismantling and prosecuting drug trafficking networks.”
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