A gang at the heart of an operation in which Gardaí seized €700,000 worth of cannabis on Sunday were previously the organizers of another import operation that went awry.
In this case, a large shipment of drugs worth nearly €10 million was seized at Dublin Port last November after no one came to collect the drugs.
No arrests were made in last weekend’s operation, but Gardaí say investigations into the seizure are ongoing.
Sources say that one of the main players in the gang is an “under the radar” gangster who left the capital some 15 years ago and is now based in Spain.
Another high-profile member is a 36-year-old drug dealer who was previously the target of a very high-profile Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) investigation that cannot be described here for legal reasons.
“This is an ever-rising crew that seems to have deep pockets,” a source explained.
“There were concerns for a while about who was going in and out of this location and Gardaí conducted their search operation after receiving information about the criminal elements operating there. Losing that amount of weed is not insignificant for any criminal organization, but they have shown to be a very resourceful and well-funded organization.”
Gardaí gave details of the bankruptcy last Sunday morning in a press release.
“Around 11 a.m., Gardaí affiliated with Tallaght-Garda Station, including the Garda Canine Unit, Regular Unit and Drug Units from Tallaght and Rathfarnham Divisions, searched a farm in the Crooksling area of Brittas,” Gardaí said.
“In the course of this search, cannabis worth around 700,000 euros was seized.”
The latest development comes as the Irish Independent may reveal a separate drug gang centered around notorious criminal Paul Rice is coming under severe financial pressure to raise cash following an €8 million drug seizure in Spain in March.
The crew is even trying to sell property in west Dublin to raise funds, it turns out.
No one has been charged in connection with the massive seizure in Spain, but sources say there have been serious implications for money owed as the Rice gang is one of three Southside gangs alleged to owe money to a Moroccan gang.
“The other two crews are stationed in the Rathfarnham and Clondalkin area. It appears all three are being pressured into coughing up €750,000 for what was confiscated in Spain earlier this year,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the separate gang targeted in last Sunday’s raid is said to be regrouping after their shipment of herbal cannabis was seized.
The gang is also heavily involved in tobacco smuggling.
When they were arrested by revenue officers last November, 960kg of tobacco worth more than €600,000 was seized during follow-up investigations from a storage unit in the Rathcoole area of Dublin.
The day before, tax officials uncovered a massive amount of cocaine and drugs believed to be worth around €10 million in connection with the gang.
Customs officers discovered 60kg of cocaine in a container at Dublin Port alongside heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
The shipment lay in Dublin port for several days – but no one came to pick it up.
“If they can survive such a financial hit, they can survive anything,” a source said last night.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/fear-and-loathing-in-the-drugs-world-after-700k-bust-increases-the-pressure-on-gang-41890845.html Fear and revulsion in the drug world after the 700,000 euro bankruptcy increases the pressure on the gang