Three released after monkey, drugs, guns and ammunition seized in Dublin

Raid on Finglas halting site also found raw sewage running into River Tolka

A .357 Magnum revolver seized in Finglas. Photograph: Collins

Three people held after gardaí after of drugs, guns, ammunition and a monkey were found on a halting site in Dublin on Friday have been released.

The two men and a woman were freed after they were arrested during the raid in Finglas. "The woman has been charged under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act, 2001 and will appear in court at a later date," a Garda statement said.

The monkey seized in Finglas.
Assorted ammunition, part of a haul seized in Finglas. Photograph: Collins
One of the guns seized in Finglas. Photograph: Collins

"The men have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, " it added.

The raid on Friday also uncovered serious public health risks, with raw sewage running into the River Tolka.


Animal welfare officers with the DSPCA are caring for the small marmoset monkey found in a cage on the site in Finglas. It is a breed native to the forests of South America.

An investigation is under way into where the monkey, valued at about €2,000, was sourced and how it was brought into the Republic.

Three guns were found during the operation; a machine pistol, a .357 Magnum revolver and a machine gun with silencer.

Some 300 rounds of assorted 9mm and .357 ammunition was also found as well as 227 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun cartridges. Cocaine and herbal cannabis, valued at approximately €100,000 and €30,000 respectively, was seized as well as a compressor for pressing drugs into small blocks. A weighing scales was being used to package the drugs in parcels of specific weight and value. Ammonia was also seized and it was being used to make crack cocaine on the site.

Stolen clothing with the tags still attached and valued at about €3,000 was discovered and gardaí suspect it was taken during shoplifting sprees.

While the discovery of the monkey was very unusual, gardaí said the guns find was of most significance.