Eight arrests follow a $20.8 million cocaine discovery in Dublin

Some of the money and other items seized during the operation were put on display by the Garda

Following the seizure of cocaine in Dublin with an estimated street value of €2.8m (£2.5m), eight people have been detained by the garda (Irish police).

Officers searching a business on the Long Mile Road on Tuesday made the discovery.

Additionally, they discovered a hydraulic drug press, equipment for mixing drugs, a money counter, and €78,000 (£69,000) in cash.

According to the Irish broadcaster RTÉ, it was a cocaine-mixing factory run by the Kinahan gang.

A long-running conflict between the Kinahan gang and a rival crime gang has resulted in the deaths of 18 people.

A hydraulic drugs press was discovered during the searches

In the course of the investigations, a hydraulic drug press was found.

Just after 11:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, two vehicles were stopped as part of the planned operation in the Irish capital's Ballyfermot and Blanchardstown neighborhoods.

During the operation, police officers seized over 2,000 canisters of nitric oxide and mixing agents.

Seven men and one woman, whose ages range from late 20s to early 50s, are currently in custody.

The significant amount of cocaine seized, according to Assistant Commissioner Justin Kelly, "has shown An Garda Sochána is determined to disrupt the distribution networks of organized groups who harm our communities."

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