GARDAI is puzzling a young man after a huge amount of cocaine worth 1.4 million euros was discovered inside a refrigerator containing boxes of watermelons.
A total of 20kg of drugs were found yesterday after a car with a refrigerator was stopped and searched at Dublin Harbour.
Laddie, the customs dog, sniffed out the enormous volume inside the unit in containers filled with watermelons.
The drugs were then seized by officers from the Garda National Drug and Organized Crime Bureau and the Wicklow/Wexford Garda Precinct.
A spokesperson for Revenue, who was also involved in the operation, confirmed that the drug was found along with the watermelon in the refrigerator.
Now they will be analyzed by experts.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and is being held at Blanchardstown Garda Station.
Gardai said the “investigation is continuing”.
The current cocaine substance will be analyzed more closely by experts in the coming days.
The operation was carried out by Garda National Drug and Organized Crime Bureau, Wicklow Customs Service / Wexford Garda, targeting people suspected of being involved in multinational organized crime.
A source said: “This is all part of an ongoing effort to target those who abet organized crime. They are working with gangs around the country to move the drugs.
“There is great support and information coming from the legitimate logistics industry, who are sick of fraudsters blurring their work.”
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In a statement, Mr. Gardai said the “joint intelligence-led operation” was “part of ongoing investigations into people suspected of being involved in transnational organized crime. “.
They added: “The investigation is ongoing.”
This is GNDOCB’s second largest seizure and this year’s sales of drugs total over 1 million euros.
Earlier this month, a 33-year-old man was arrested after 115kg of cannabis resin and 35kg of herbal cannabis worth a total of 1.63 million euros were seized at Clondalkin in Dublin.
The operation is part of an investigation into people suspected of being involved in the activities of an organized crime gang across Dublin and Meath.
Revenue said if businesses or members of the public have any information regarding drug trafficking, contact them reliably on 1800 295 295.
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