Wednesday January 07 2009
MORE than €2m worth of cannabis was seized yesterday during a planned raid of a company premises.
Gardai uncovered the 270kg haul packed into fertiliser bags and potato sacks in the yard of a small haulage firm, near Lusk, in north Co Dublin.
A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene.
A source said the bust was the result of a planned operation targeting top-level criminals supplying drug gangs in the area.
“This was 100pc definitely for gangs around north county Dublin,” the source added.
Detectives are not yet certain about how recently the cannabis resin was smuggled into the country.
But they suspect it was part of a larger shipment, probably from north Africa and transported through Spain.
The bags were being stored in a container in the yard of the premises off the old Belfast Road, between Man O'War and Ballough, near Lusk. The company runs a fleet of small lorries.
The arrested man is being detained under section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act and can be held for up to a week.