Two held over drugs and firearm seizure in Limerick

Items recovered by gardai during searches of a number of premises in city

File photograph of a Glock handgun similar to the one seized during a raid in Limerick today. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

File photograph of a Glock handgun similar to the one seized during a raid in Limerick today. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

 

Two men have been arrested in Limerick after a loaded handgun, ammunition and cocaine were seized.

The drugs, cash, ammunition and Glock pistol, were recovered by gardai during searches of a number of houses, apartments, and premises, which began at 8.30am this morning.

Six homes were searched as well as a number of sheds and outhouses in the Cornmarket and Lwr Gerald Griffin Street areas.

The estimated street value of the drugs could be up to €5,000.

Two men, aged 26 and 37, were arrested and are being held at Henry Street Garda Station in the city under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, which means they can be held for up to seven days.

Their arrests come as part of an ongoing operation by gardai­ into the organised and gangland crime in the city.

Today’s searches were carried out as part of a joint operation involving the armed garda Regional Southern Unit (RSU); the Limerick Divisional Drugs Squad; Crime officers from Henry Street and Mayorstone stations, as well as community gardai.