Six people have been arrested after gardaí­ seized drugs with a total street value of 4 million Euros in three separate operations in Dublin.

John O’Driscoll, the Assistant Commissioner of Special Crime Operations, told RTÉ that police were aware of an increased demand for drugs in the run-up to Christmas. As a result, police have targeted particular criminal gangs through intelligence-based investigations. Key figures have been put under surveillance, including the Kinahan gang.

The seizures included a large quantity of cannabis herb with an approximate street value of 800,000 Euros from a vehicle in Rathcoole and cannabis worth an estimated 200,000 Euros during a house search in the Finglas area. A seizure of 2.8 million Euros worth of suspected cocaine was made after two vehicles were intercepted in a car park in Liffey Valley.

Heroin seized at airport

Last month, gardaí­ arrested two people after heroin worth an estimated 2.1 million Euros was seized at Dublin Airport. The 15 kg of drugs were found hidden in the luggage of a woman in her 50s who had arrived in the airport from Lahore in Pakistan. She was accompanied by a young child and was met in the Arrivals hall by a man in his 30s. The man and the woman are currently detained at Ballymun garda station under the provisions of Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

The drugs seizure was made as part of a joint intelligence-led operation carried out by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service at Dublin Airport and gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. For information on any of AlphaBiolabs’ drug-testing solutions, please call 0140 29466 or email us at