TWO senior members of a criminal gang are still being questioned following a significant drugs seizure on the northside of Limerick city.
Heroin with an estimated street value of around €50,000 was seized when a house in St Mary’s Park was searched as part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime.
The house was searched under warrant around at around 6pm on Tuesday by gardai from Henry Street assisted by members of the armed Regional Support Unit.
The drugs, which according to sources were located on a table in the kitchen of the house, have been sent for forensic analysis.
Two brothers, aged 43 and 40, were arrested at the house and both are being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking Act).
Both are known to gardai and are key figures in a criminal gang, which is suspected of heavy involvement in the illicit drugs trade.
It has been reported the men were in the process of preparing the drugs for sale when gardai entered the house.
This week’s seizure is the latest blow inflicted on the gang and follows the seizure of drugs, cash and ammunition during an operation last month.
Twelve separate locations, mostly in the St Mary’s Park area, were searched during the planned operation which involved members of the divisional drugs squad, local detectives and uniformed gardai who were assisted by members of the armed Regional Support Unit.
Around €13,000 in cash and a large quantity of illicit drugs – including cannabis resin, cocaine and benzodiazepines – were seized along with a number of shotgun cartridges.
The drugs seized on that occasion have a street value of around €80,000.