Archive | April, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Wolverhampton: Elderly Couple Murdered In A “Sustained & Ferocious” Kinfe & Hammer Attack: UPDATED

26 Apr

An elderly couple found murdered in their Wolverhampton home were victims of a “sustained and ferocious attack involving a knife and a hammer”, police have said.

The news emerged during a press conference about the investigation into the killing of Giuseppe and Caterina Massaro.

It come after three men, including two aged 32 and 21 from the city and a 30-year-old from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of the pair’s murder.

The terraced house in Woden Road, where they had lived for more than 50 years after moving from Italy, had been ransacked.

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Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly Italian couple who were found dead in the bedroom of their home have been granted extra time to question two men.

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Officers said on Monday that three men were arrested overnight on suspicion of the murders of Guiseppe Massaro, 80, and his 77-year-old wife Caterina.

At a press conference, Superintendent Keith Wilson said magistrates in Birmingham had granted the force extra time to question two of the suspects.

He would not confirm which of the three men – two of those arrested are from Wolverhampton aged 32 and 21, while the third is a 30-year-old from Birmingham – the warrant referred to. He also revealed that officers believed a knife and a hammer recovered at the scene in Woden Road, Wolverhampton, had been used in the “sustained and ferocious attack”.

The couple were discovered dead by their granddaughter Lindsey Booth, 23, in the bedroom of their home on Friday evening.

Mr Wilson said results of a post-mortem examination are yet to be released but Mr Massaro had “defensive wounds” to parts of his body. He told the press conference that officers were called to the house around 8pm and found the bodies of the couple, dressed in day clothes, in their bedroom. There was also evidence of a burglary, he said.

He said: “On arrival, officers found that the house had been ransacked and, in relation to the actual premises, we could see that a lot of property had been moved around the house.”

He also said the couple’s car, a black Peugeot 307 registration PK56 VRW, was stolen. It was later recovered from nearby Wednesfield. Two televisions were also taken in the incident, he said.

The couple’s grandchildren, Miss Booth, Richard Booth, and Rosa Carella, were also at the press conference.

Miss Booth said: “Our family and friends, both here in England and Italy, can’t even begin to describe the devastation and trauma that has hit us, knowing they were hurt by the hands of somebody else. We can’t even begin to grasp the evil that took place in their house and how frightened they would have been.”

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Three men have been arrested over the murders of an elderly couple whose bodies were discovered in their Wolverhampton home on Good Friday.

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Two men, aged 32 and 21, from the city and a 30-year-old from Birmingham are being questioned on suspicion of the murders of Giuseppe and Caterina Massaro.

The couple’s granddaughter discovered their bodies fully clothed in bed when she went to check on them last week.

She said there was no sign of any blood on them.

The terraced house in Woden Road, where they had lived for more than 50 years after moving from Italy, had been ransacked.

Police reported their television and black Peugeot 307 had been stolen – the vehicle was later found half-a-mile away in Wednesfield.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who may have been offered the TV or car on Friday.

The family of Giuseppe, 80, and Caterina, who was 77, said their “beloved grandparents” would be “sadly missed”.

In a statement they said: “We cannot even begin to grasp the evil that took place in their home and how frightened they would have been.

“An entire generation was taken away from us that day and we cannot comprehend how something could go this far.

“We only hope this devastation can save the lives of many other people by being aware that tragedy can strike at any time so all we can do is be more vigilant towards our neighbours and the entire community.”

Family members gave Sky News photographs of the couple taken at a surprise birthday party thrown to celebrate Giuseppe’s 80th birthday in February.

Post mortem examinations were due to resume to find out what caused their deaths.

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BREAKING NEWS: Beirut: Syrian Rights Groups Say 76 Killed By Security Forces

23 Apr

 

 

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BEIRUT – Six Syrian human rights groups say security forces killed 76 protesters on Friday in different parts of the country.

Friday was the bloodiest day since protests began last month.

The groups, including the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, called on the government to set up a judicial investigation committee to try those who shot at protesters and to release all political detainees.

The groups said in their Saturday statement that the highest toll was in the central city of Homs where 19 people were killed. In the southern village of Izraa, 18 were shot dead, they said.

In the past five weeks, Syrian security forces have launched a deadly crackdown on demonstrations, killing about 300 people, according to human rights groups.

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A group of activists coordinating the demonstrations said regular forces and gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot dead at least 88 civilians on Friday. Rights groups had earlier put the death toll at a minimum of 70.

The Local Coordination Committees activist group sent Reuters a list with names of 88 people classified by region. The group said they were killed in areas stretching from the port city of Latakia to Homs, Hama, Damascus and the southern village of Izra’a.

It was by far the bloodiest day yet in a month of demonstrations demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption in the country of 20 million people.

“The funerals will turn into vehement protests, like past funerals,” a Syrian human rights campaigner said.

“When you have security services who are thugs it is difficult to think that they will not shoot at the crowds. Another cycle of funerals and demonstrations is likely to follow,” the rights campaigner said from the Syrian capital.

U.S. President Barack Obama condemned Friday’s violence and accused Assad of seeking help from Iran.

“This outrageous use of violence to quell protests must come to an end now,” Obama said in a statement. “Instead of listening to their own people, President Assad is blaming outsiders while seeking Iranian assistance in repressing Syria’s citizens….”

France’s Foreign Ministry said Paris was “deeply concerned.”

“Syrian authorities must give up the use of violence against their citizens. We again call on them to commit without delay to an inclusive political dialogue and to achieve the reforms legitimately demanded by the Syrian people.”

Those killed were among tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets of cities and rural areas across Syria calling for the overthrow of the regime, demands which have hardened over recent weeks.

ACTIVISTS SAY LIFTING OF EMERGENCY INSUFFICIENT

Friday’s protests went ahead despite Assad’s decision this week to lift the country’s hated emergency law, in place since his Baath Party seized power 48 years ago.

A statement by the Local Coordination Committees said the end of emergency law was futile without the release of thousands of political prisoners — most held without trial — and the dismantling of the security apparatus.

In their first joint statement since the protests erupted last month, the activists said the abolition of the Baath Party’s monopoly on power and the establishment of a democratic political system was central to ending repression in Syria.

Aided by his family and a pervasive security apparatus, Assad, 45, has absolute power, having ignored demands to transform the anachronistic autocratic system he inherited when he succeeded his late father, Preident Hafez al-Assad, in 2000.

Friday’s violence brings the death toll to about 300, according to rights activists, since the unrest which broke out on March 18 in the southern city of Deraa.

Protests swept the country on Friday, from the Mediterranean city of Banias to the eastern cities of Deir al-Zor and Qamishli. In Damascus, security forces fired teargas to disperse 2,000 protesters in the district of Midan.

Amnesty International said Syrian authorities “have again responded to peaceful calls for change with bullets and batons.”

“They must immediately halt their attacks on peaceful protesters and instead allow Syrians to gather freely as international law demands,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa director.

Syrian television said eight people were killed and 28 wounded, including army personnel, in attacks by armed groups in Izra’a. It said an armed group had attacked a military base in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya.

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Bray/Greystones, Co Wicklow: Council Investigate Cause Of Cliff Walk Fire That Destroyed Hundred Of Acres Of Heathland

23 Apr

EXCLUSIVE: HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF PRESIOUS MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE DESTROYED BY FIRE ALONG WICKLOW’S MOST POPULAR COSTAL CLIFF WALKS BETWEEN BRAY AND GREYSTONES:

By J. P. Anderson:

Wicklow County Council are currently investigating the likely cause of a wildfire that has totally destroyed hundreds of acres of mountain heathland along the Bray to Greystones cliff walk that is 6kl in length between the landmark Bray Head and the North Beach and new harbour development at Greystones.

The devastating fire, which appears to have been set deliberately, occurred in the early days of April 2011 according to locals.

The fire came perilously close to houses and it has certainly totally destroyed the natural habitats of both flora and fauna on the mountain heathland.

The fire has destroyed hundreds of acres of the mountainside from the railway line sidings at the lower level to the top of the mountain contour along most of the scenic cliff walk.

The walking trail offers two defined pathways that run at both the lower level, which is the most used walk, because it is a mostly flat pathway and is much favoured by elderly walkers, joggers and tourist, who for the most part may be unaware of the second summit-walk along the mountain top.

Walkers and local residents expressed their deep dismay at the destruction of the much loved mountain landscape, used by tens-of-thousands of walkers all year around and the cliff walk is particularly busy during the high tourist summer season, because it is readily accessible from both ends of the trail at Bray Head and from Greystones.

Many walkers and groups take the Dart Train from Dublin City to Greystones or Bray stations and then walk along the cliff to the towns at either end, returning to their destination again by the Dart Train which runs a frequent service along the coastline to destinations that include Howth and Malahide.

A previous fire on Bray Head destroyed a large area of furze and while grass and a few other species of flora are in evidence struggling to re-establish in the destroyed acreages of heathland, fauna remain absent as they are without their natural habitat in which to re-establish.

Habitat loss is the main threat to heathland, mainly from land elimination, tree planting, excessive burning, invasion by pine and birch, motorbike scrambling, horse riding and Bracken fern invasion.

On the poor soils of heathlands, plants take a long time to re-establish ground cover following damage.

Unwise management of heathlands can cause major changes in the habitat. Fire was traditionally used to maintain a mosaic of heather of different ages which allows for the traditional plants of heathlands to establish themselves.

However, the repeated burning of the heath helps the spread of Bracken which can dominate the heathland because few other plants can grow near its poisonous roots.

One of the main threats is from the fragmentation of the heathland.

There is a direct link between the size of the heath and he number of species present – smaller heaths having far fewer species of plants and animals.

The large expanses of heathland are been broken up by reclamation for other land uses. Now only small patches of the heathlands remain, so that if an area id damages, for example by fire, the plants and animals cannot re-colonise it because the fragments are many kilometres apart.

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San Pedro Cutud, Philippines: Three Men Nailed To Crosses In Bizarre Easter Rites: UPDATED

22 Apr

 
By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press Bullit Marquez, Associated Press :

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines – Several Filipinos were nailed to wooden

crosses Friday to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a bizarre annual rite that has been rejected by Catholic church leaders but draws thousands of tourists on Good Friday.

Three laborers appeared calm as stainless steel nails were driven through their palms with hammers before they were set aloft on crosses under a brutal sun for a few minutes in San Juan village in the rice-growing Pampanga province north of Manila.

One of the men shed tears, while hundreds of tourists and residents watched and snapped pictures.

At least 12 other penitents were being crucified in two nearby villages, including in San Pedro Cutud — the main area for the annual tradition on the day Jesus Christ is supposed to have died. Dozens of policemen and medical volunteers were deployed to guard the thousands of visitors, including Western diplomats.

Ahead of the crucifixions, throngs of penitents walked several miles (kilometers) through village streets and beat their bare backs with sharp bamboo sticks and pieces of wood, sometimes splashing spectators with blood. Some participants opened cuts in the penitents’ backs using broken glass to ensure the ritual was sufficiently bloody.

The gory spectacle reflects the Philippines’ unique brand of Catholicism, which merges church traditions with folk superstitions. Many of the mostly impoverished penitents undergo the ritual to atone for sins, pray for the sick or a better life and give thanks for what they believe were God-given miracles.

Ruben Enaje, a 50-year-old sign painter, said he would be nailed Friday for his 25th time since he survived nearly unscathed from a 1985 fall from the top of a three-story building he was painting in nearby Tarlac province. Aside from thanking God, Enaje now prays for more painting jobs.

“Not a bone in my body was broken when I fell from that building,” Enaje said. “It was a miracle.”

“Now, I’m praying for good health and more clients,” Enaje told The Associated Press.

Church leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation, have frowned on the Easter week rituals, saying Filipinos can show their deep faith without hurting themselves.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, based in Iloilo Province, said the crucifixions and self-flagellations are an “imperfect imitation with doubtful theological and social significance,” adding that only Jesus Christ’s death saved mankind.

Pampanga Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said the bloody rites reflected the church’s failure to fully educate many Filipinos on the correct Christian tenets.

Enaje and the other penitents said the church should respect their belief.

“When I’m up there on the cross, I feel very close to God,” Enaje said. “We grew up with this tradition and nothing can stop us.”

Red Cross officials’ concern centered on possible health problems like infection, heat stroke, blood loss and even death from the intense beating. They urged devotees to consider other forms of penance, including donating blood.

San Pedro Cutud village leader Remigio dela Cruz said no major health problem has befallen any penitent since the crucifixions began there in the 1950s. He cited precautions, including soaking the four-inch nails in alcohol sometimes for as long as a year then having these sprinkled with holy water before use.

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Associated Press writer Jim Gomez contributed to this report from Manila.

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI will be in satellite contact with two Italian astronauts aboard the International Space Station in what would be the first papal call to space.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Friday that the hookup will happen on May 4 when Shuttle Endeavor docks with the station.

Two Italian astronauts will be meeting up, one a space station resident; the other, a visitor from the shuttle.

One of the two Italians will be carrying a silver medal donated by the pope. Others on the space station are Russian and American.

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JERUSALEM – Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of old Jerusalem to mark Good Friday, commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion in the city two millennia ago.

Thousands of international visitors and local Christians retraced Jesus’ last steps down the Via Dolorosa, which is Latin for “Way of Suffering.”

The route ends at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and his resurrection two days later on Easter Sunday.

“All my life I’ve been waiting for this wish — I’ve been wishing for one day to come here in Jerusalem to worship. I wanted to step where my lord stepped,” said Roshan Futsom, a pilgrim from Toronto, Canada.

“This is a special energy, a special love. I cannot explain,” said another pilgrim, Miodrag Ivanovic of Belgrade, Serbia, who was on the Via Dolorosa with a large wooden cross on his shoulder.

Jerusalem’s walled Old City was crowded Friday with adherents of different churches and faiths. The calendars of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches coincide this year, so the sects are marking the holy week together. This has required careful arrangements to avoid conflicts among the many ceremonies and processions of each church.

Jews are currently celebrating the weeklong Passover festival, and the city’s Jewish Quarter was also full of visitors Friday.

Israeli police were deployed in force in the Old City, which contains sites holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Herman Backhaus of Munster, Germany, said being in Jerusalem reminded him that Jesus “actually lived, and his message didn’t die with him on the cross.”

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Catholic devotees on the Philippines’ island of Luzon, were nailed to wooden crosses as thousands of spectators watched the reenactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday.

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 Aside from the crucifixions, dozens of barefoot and shirtless devotees walked on gravel streets and whipped themselves with thin bamboo strips on a rope while others carved their backs with shards of glass.

Such rituals in northern Philippines, are extreme displays of religious devotions that Catholics in the region practice during the Lenten season.

The Catholic Church refuses to endorse these gory rituals and disapproves of the self-inflicted punishments as misrepresentations of faith but these traditions continue as devotees believe that it is a form of self-repentance.

After the ritual, the penitents were brought down from the crosses and their wounds were treated at on-site clinics.

The crucifixion rituals are held during the Holy Week, an eight-day celebration starting from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.

Nantes, France: Police Discover A Severed Leg And Five Bodies In Search For Missing Family

21 Apr

French police opened a murder probe Thursday after their search for a missing family yielded a severed leg then five buried bodies — believed to be those of a mother and her four children.

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A 50-year-old business manager, his 49-year-old school assistant wife and their children — boys aged 21, 18 and 13 and a girl aged 16 — went missing from their home in the western town of Nantes earlier this month.

Before the family’s disappearance, the father, identified in an appeal for information as Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes, told acquaintances that he was a secret agent and was leaving to join a witness protection scheme.

Police probing the disappearance found a section of human leg in the garden of the grey stone two-story house on Thursday morning then gradually unearthed five bodies throughout the day, Nantes prosecutor Xavier Ronsin told journalists in the city.

Three bodies, “probably” those of mother Agnes, 49, and her two oldest sons, Thomas, 21 and Arthur, 18, were exhumed first from under a patio of the house, said the prosecutor, adding they died “in all likelihood by firearm”.

Later in the day, a statement said that “a fourth body, that of 16-year-old Anne, was exhumed with those of the family’s two dogs”.

In a later update, the prosecutor’s office said a fifth body, that of 13-year-old Benoit, “in all likelihood killed by a firearm” had been dug up.

“So the investigation of a worrying disappearance has become one for kidnap and murder,” said Ronsin, adding that there was no sign of violence in the house itself.

The prosecutor described the father’s tales of espionage as “self-contradictory ravings”, adding the family had settled their children’s private school fees, claiming they were planning to emigrate to Australia.

Investigators said, however, they could find no records suggesting the family had made any major bank transactions or passed through a port or airport.

In Nantes, local people described a quiet and respected Catholic bourgeois family with no history of odd or criminal behaviour.

The father sold advertising space, while his wife Agnes volunteered for church activities and taught the Catholic catechism to school children.

“I saw her at the diocese. She was a very good woman, very involved,” said neighbour Florent Chotard, adding that he had never heard of anyone having a problem with the family.

Near the family home, a middle class townhouse on a main Nantes boulevard, was parked a black Volkswagen Golf that neighbours said belonged to Agnes.

Someone had scrawled with his or her finger in the dusting of pollen on the car bonnet: “You had no right. We miss you. PK.”

A small white piece of cardboard was taped over the family letter box reading: “Please return mail to sender. Thank you.”

The couple were originally from the wealthy Paris suburb of Versailles. Their sons Thomas and Arthur were students, while Anne and 13-year-old Benoit attended the Perverie Sacre Coeur private high school.

Perverie headmaster Olivier Bouissou said that when he had received word the family were leaving for Australia he had thought they were “moving not disappearing”, adding that the children had not been problem pupils.

“When we got the letter it was with a cheque that covered the entire rest of the school year,” he told AFP.

Police had sealed off the house and were conducting a painstaking forensic examination behind a screen of black plastic sheeting on Thursday.

After the remains of Benoit were found, a statement said the grave “does not contain any other bodies”, adding that investigators would provisionally withdraw from the crime scene on Thursday night.

Autopsies on the five bodies will be conducted at Nantes’ institute of forensic medicine on Friday, authorities said.

Kilmurray, Enfield, County Meath: Heroin/Cocaine Worth €1m Seized By Gardai: UPDATED

21 Apr

Gardaí have seized cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of over €1m in Enfield, Co Meath.

Gardaí have seized cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of over €1m in Enfield, Co Meath.

The drugs were found during a search at a house which was being used as a cocaine mixing factory.

It is the second substantial drugs seizure in the past 24 hours, following the discovery of over €3.5m worth of cannabis and pharmaceuticals in Dublin last night.

Around 9kg of cocaine and heroin were found following the raid on a house in Kilmurray in Enfield.

Weighing scales, blenders and mixing agents were also found at the scene.

Gardaí say the drugs are linked to a major drug trafficker originally from KilnamanaghTallaght in Dublin but who lives near Robertstown in County Kildare

Meanwhile Forensic Specialists are today examining 450kg of cannabis along with 8kg of pharmaceutical tablets discovered in a warehouse in Coolock last night

A man is his 20s was arrested and is still being detailed.

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A TOTAL of 22 people have been arrested and quantities of drugs seized in three counties over the past week in separate operations.

Twenty people were arrested in the Bray area in the past week following a nine-month investigation into drug trafficking in Wicklow.

Gardaí said last night those arrested were “significant targets” relating to the sale and supply of heroin and cannabis in the Co Wicklow town and its surrounds. They expect more than 50 charges to be brought.

A Garda spokesman said the covert operation had dismantled significant drug distribution networks operating in north Wicklow. Gardaí at Bray, working with the Garda National Drugs Unit, also uncovered further amounts of controlled drugs and drug dealing paraphernalia during the operation.

Separately, gardaí uncovered heroin and cocaine worth almost €1 million at a premises in Kilmurray, Enfield, Co Kildare, on Wednesday.

About 4kg of heroin and 5kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of €950,000 were seized. A man in his early 40s was arrested at the scene and is being detained at Leixlip.

The drugs were discovered on the same day as the biggest drug seizure of the year to date in Coolock, Dublin.

Gardaí are continuing to question a man aged 28 from Dundalk, Co Louth, after the discovery of cannabis resin and herb worth €3.5 million and a large number of unidentified tablets hidden in a consignment of electrical goods in a shipping container.

The seizure followed an intelligence-led operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit and Revenue’s Customs officers after the importation of the haul from the Continent via Dublin Port in recent days.

Garda sources said the drugs were owned by a north Dublin crime gang. The cannabis and tablets were destined for the Dublin market and towns and villages in the northeast. They were discovered on Wednesday night when Customs officers and gardaí raided a warehouse in a business park off the Malahide Road.

A search of the premises yielded 400kg of cannabis resin and just over 50kg of cannabis herb. About 8kg of unidentified tablets was also found.

Gardaí have sent the tablets for analysis and, depending on their results, the value of the overall haul may increase. One source noted the possibility that the tablets were ecstasy pills.

A senior Garda source told The Irish Times the consignment was by far the largest drug seizure of the year so far.

“We believe it came in through Dublin Port in the past few days and that it was owned by one of the bigger north Dublin crime gangs,” the source said.

The drugs in the shipping container had been hidden in old electrical appliances such as kettles and vacuum cleaners.

The man arrested was on the warehouse premises in Coolock when the search team arrived. He has been detained under section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act.

He was still being held at Santry Garda station last night. Garda sources said he was not a well-known criminal figure.

A van found at the scene was seized by gardaí and was undergoing a forensic examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau last night.

The seizure of such a large quantity of drugs was relatively common during the economic boom. The onset of the recession has seen the demand for drugs, with the exception of heroin, fall off.

Crime gangs here are cash-starved as a result and do not have the capital to buy drugs in bulk abroad at wholesale prices.

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Coolock, Dublin: Man Arrested After Gardai Seize Drugs Worth €3.5m: UPDATED

21 Apr

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A man in his 40s was arrested last night after drugs with an estimated street value of €950,000 were discovered during a planned search of a premises in Kilmurray, Enfield, Co Meath.

4 kilograms of heroin and 5 kilograms of cocaine were seized.

The man is being held at Leixlip Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. Investigations are continuing.

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Some 400kg of cannabis resin and 50kg of cannabis herb were discovered during the intelligence-led, planned raid on a premises near Malahide Road, Coolock, north Dublin.

About 8kg of tablets – which are yet to be analysed – were also found.

The joint operation was carried out between the Garda National Drugs Unit and Revenue Customs.

A suspect aged in his 20s has been detained at Santry garda station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.