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Guns and ammunition seized during gardai searches

Officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau searched premises on Greenhills Road in Tallaght.

An investigation targeted organised crime activity in Dublin city (Niall Carson/PA)
An investigation targeted organised crime activity in Dublin city (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai have seized a number of guns and ammunition in searches across Ireland.

On Thursday, in an investigation targeting organised crime activity in Dublin city, officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau searched premises on Greenhills Road in Tallaght.

Two semi-automatic .22 calibre pistols and twenty rounds of .22 ammunition were seized, along with a large quantity of cannabis, cocaine and diazepam tablets with an estimated street value of more than one million euro.

A woman, 49, was arrested and is being held at Tallaght garda station.

Also in Tallaght, on Friday, while investigating organised crime in Co Louth, officers stopped a vehicle on the Main Road.

During the search, two semi-automatic 9mm pistols and approximately 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition, were discovered and seized.

A man, 36, was arrested, and is being held in Crumlin Garda station.

During another operation officers in Louth seized cannabis resin with an estimated street value of 40,000 euro, in a search of premises in Drogheda.

One woman, 34, has been arrested.

On Wednesday, gardai at Roxboro Road station in Limerick carried out a planned search operation at a halting site in Southill, Limerick City, where a firearm, shell casings and ammunition were seized.

This search was carried out following reports on Tuesday that a firearm had been discharged at the halting site.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, Special Crime Operations, said: “The Garda Siochana continues to engage in targeted operational activity, with a view to dismantling organised crime groups.

“The seizure of firearms and the arrest of those who possess them is a particular target.

“This is reflected in the fact that, through the seizure of two firearms yesterday and another two today, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, alone, has seized over one hundred firearms, since it was established, in March, 2015.”

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