Gardai and Australian Federal Police have smashed a Kinahan-backed cocaine trafficking operation.
The raids across Dublin involved dozens of gardai from specialist units – six people have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
The search operation, led by detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and National Economic Crime Bureau, come as AFD officers also raided the operation in Australia.
A source has said that the raids are centred around the Ballymun suburb of Dublin where a Kinahan Organised Crime Group offshoot are based.
The source said: “This operation is months in the making and there have already been arrests made in Australia.
“Essentially the Dublin based gang have been sending Irish people to Australia to run their cocaine operations there. They were selling the drugs on the ground and then sending money back to Ireland to be laundered.
“The drugs were sent ahead for them, imported into the country as normal on container ships and other methods from South America via Europe.”
The raids saw six people, five men and one woman, arrested for suspected money laundering and they were detained at stations across Dublin.
It was reported late last year that Australian Federal Police had launched a probe into the Kinahan OCG.
Last September they seized 20kg of cocaine, worth more than AUD$2m (€1.2m), from a building-material recycling business in Brisbane’s northern suburb of Geebung. It is understood that Aussie police arrested one man, non Irish, in that incident.
Sources believe that quantity was just one of five packages of the drug shipped from Colombia to Brisbane via Europe on behalf of the Kinahan operation.
It is not the first time Irish cops have worked in conjunction with foreign forces to target the Kinahans.
Sources have indicated that the gang buy the drugs from a Colombian gang for €1,413 per kilo and then sell it at a huge mark up of AUD$100,000 or €62,800.
Officers from Netherlands, Spain, US, and the UK have participated in joint operations targeting the murder gang.
During a recent briefing regarding how gardai fight back against organised crime, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll told the Irish Mirror that his officers would follow the Kinahan cartel across the glove.