Belfast Telegraph

35 held as drugs gangs smashed

Two major drugs gangs have been smashed and 35 suspected dealers charged after a six-month undercover operation by gardai.

Heroin was seized during the operation codenamed Reagent, which officers say has dismantled significant drug distributing networks in west Dublin.

Multiple raids were carried out after plain clothes officers infiltrated the gangs by buying drugs to identify street-level dealers and middlemen.

A gardai spokesman said 35 people - 34 men and one woman - have been arrested and charged with more than 60 offences since Tuesday - putting a major dent in the city's drug supply.

While heroin was seized during raids, the focus of the operation was to gather evidence against significant drug dealers in local communities and ensure these people are brought before the courts.

Searches took place across Ballyfermot and Neilstown - close to the scene of the recent gangland double murder of criminal brothers Paul and Kenneth Corbally.

The pair were gunned down on June 28 as they sat with a teenager in their executive-style car on Neilstown Road. The brothers, aged 32 and 35 and originally from the Ballyfermot area of the city, were under investigation for serious crime in the capital.

It is suspected tensions rose when the brothers and a number of their criminal associates split from a wider drug-dealing and armed robbery gang in west Dublin.

Gardai said drug units at Ronanstown and Ballyfermot garda stations have been working closely with the Garda National Drug Unit to gather evidence and secure drug supply charges.

Elsewhere, 400,000 euro of cocaine was seized by gardai in Dublin city when a car was stopped at Cornmarket Place. A 42-year-old man was arrested and is being quizzed by detectives at Pearse Street garda station under Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking Act) 1996.


From Belfast Telegraph