A number of firearms, namely three GLOCK handguns, have been intercepted and seized in postal packages destined for Ireland from the United States.
The Special Crime Operations (SCO) branch of An Garda Síochána have conducted a joint operation with United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) following the detection of automatic weapons due to be delivered to locations in Dublin city and county.
On October 12th, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Special Crime Task Force searched three addresses in Stepaside, Carrickmines and Newcastle, Co. Dublin as part of an ongoing operation relating to the seizures.
A quantity of cocaine and cannabis was seized during the course of these searches.
Three people were arrested in during the operation.
The three, aged 26, 27 and 38, are currently being detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at a number of Garda Stations in the east of the city.
The Garda investigation is continuing with the support of Special Agents from U.S Homeland Security.