DUBLIN, Ireland - Gardai has seized significant amounts of drugs, cash, ammunition, and three high-powered motorcycles while investigating the activities of two organized crime gangs in north and west Dublin.
As part of an intelligence-led operation, more than 70 officers backed up by the Defence Forces raided homes, businesses, and other sites in 12 locations Thursday, including Finglas, Ronanstown, Lucan, and Castleknock.
A man in his forties was detained and charged.
Over €200,000 in cash and €20,000 in cocaine were seized in west Dublin as part of the gangs' drug and money laundering operations.
The cash was discovered in three different locations, rolled in bundles.
The three stolen motorcycles, as well as a small amount of cocaine and weighing scales, were discovered in Finglas.
During additional searches in the Finglas area, Garda discovered a plastic container wrapped in electrical tape containing 174 rounds of 9mm ammunition and another containing €1,000 worth of cocaine.
Mobile phones, laptop computers, and financial documents were also taken.
The arrested man will appear in court at a later date.
According to Garda, they have identified and contacted the owners of the motorcycles, and plans are being made to return the vehicles to them.
The Finglas and Ronanstown detective and drugs units, as well as the task force, community policing, and street crime units, assisted with the searches.