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Garda? make three major drug seizures August 28, 2005 - emigrant.ie
Garda? had a busy and highly successful week in their fight against drug dealers, making three substantial seizures and detaining a number of people.
On Tuesday four men were arrested at Carbery, Co. Kildare when they were caught removing 1.2 tonnes of cannabis resin from a concealed section in a refrigerated truck which had arrived from Spain. In this case the drugs were valued at ?10m. It was reported that the truck was monitored from the time it left Spain and that the man responsible for importing the drugs had been a member of the Westies gang from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.
On Thursday Philip Breen (30) from Blanchardstown; Shane O'Rourke (27) from Enfield, Co. Meath; Edward Mulligan (42) from Carbery; and Jose Feminia (54), the Spanish driver of the vehicle, appeared before Naas District Court charged with illegal possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply. Neither Breen nor Feminia applied for bail and the bail terms granted to the other two were beyond their reach. Judge William Earley required ?30k from each, plus independent sureties of ?60k, half of which had to be lodged in cash. On Friday Alan Flood (36), originally from Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, and with an address in Manchester, was also charged in connection with the seizure.
In a separate operation on Tuesday 20kg of cocaine, worth an estimated ?1.5m, was discovered in a house in Coolock; in this incident a 34-year-old man was arrested.
Cocaine was also the drug seized when garda? stopped a car in the Batterstown area of Co. Meath, on Thursday evening, and during a follow-up search of a house in Navan. The estimated street value in this case was ?1m. Two men were arrested. At a special court hearing on Sunday Fergus Hannigan, of Finglas in Dublin, and Derek Jones, of Navan, were charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Following the seizure of 2.5kg of heroin in Limerick 11 days ago, Mohammed Kargbo (33), from Sierra Leone, and Emmanuel Ashibogwu (25), from Nigeria, appeared in court on charges of possession of the drugs for sale or supply. Both men, who have Limerick addresses, were remanded in custody.