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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Gardai raid Southside drug factory

The Irish independent reports today that Limerick Gardai have discovered a cocaine mixing factory used by a notorious Southside crime gang.

Gardai raided the disused garage on the Southside of the city where they believe The McCarthy-Dundon gang were storing ,cutting and packaging cocaine.

After an intense surveillance operation, officers from Roxboro Road Garda Station uncovered the factory - used to store, cut and package the drug - last week.

Cocaine in an uncut form with an estimated street value of €10,000 and a cocaine pressing machine was also recovered during the raid last week.

When processed and packaged, it is believed the narcotics recovered would have been worth an estimated €20,000. Senior members of the gang are currently in prison but are still believed to be directing the gang's operations from behind bars.

The Dundon-McCarthy and Keane-Collopy gangs are involved in a bloody feud against each other in a bid to gain the upper hand in city's drugs trade.

Limerick is often used as a distribution point by drug gangs for the west and south of the country. Limerick's criminal gangs have in recent years forged links with their Dublin counterparts.

Via Independent

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