Ireland's biggest ever drugs haul arrest

Published Wednesday, 25 April 2012
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A man who is suspected to be one of the ringleaders of a botched multi-million euro cocaine smuggling plot has been arrested in London.

Ireland's biggest ever drugs haul arrest
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in London confirmed the arrest. (© Getty)

The 45-year-old was arrested for questioning in relation to one of the largest ever drugs seizures in Ireland - 62 bales of cocaine weighing more than 3,300lb and with an estimated street value of over €400million.

The drugs were discovered after the boat being used to smuggle them got into difficulty off the coast of County Cork in 2007.

The suspect, believed to be number one in the smuggling gang on the ground in Ireland, is being held at a south London police station on conspiracy of attempting to supply Class A drugs.

It is understood he can be held for up to 36 hours.

He had earlier arrived into the UK on a flight from Madrid on the back of a European Arrest Warrant.

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Eamonn Andrews in Belfast wrote (854 days ago):
Brilliant to hear that these drugs and the scourge of the earth have both been taken out of commission, before they reached our kids. this has to be the best news i have read in months. keep up the good work.these people dont care about the lives they are ruining.BRILLIANT.
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