08/05/2008

€200k Of Drugs Seized In Major Crime Operation

A major investigation into organised crime in Limerick has targeted around 150 premises today and seized €200,000 worth of drugs, it has been revealed.

The biggest operation of its kind ever launched - nicknamed 'Operation Platinum' - began this morning at 6am, with over 250 uniformed officers and detectives from divisions throughout Limerick, Cork and Kerry raiding a number of premises.

Personnel from the Criminal Assets Bureau, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Garda National drugs Units were involved in the multiple raids.

Three men, all aged in their 20s were arrested and searches are ongoing.

Around 120 homes, 15 professional offices, seven business premises were searched during the operation.

The searches took place in Weston, St Mary's Park and Southill and other counties surrounding Dublin and Limerick.

A Garda spokesman said two firearms, a quantity of ammunition and two vehicles were confiscated during the raids.

Drug seizures, of mostly cocaine and ecstasy - worth a street value of more than €200,000 - were made and around €100,000 worth of cash was also found.

(JM)

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