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Ten arrests in Co Cork as gardaí target international drug trafficking gang

Gardaí believe they have disrupted the activities of a major international drug smuggling gang after they arrested 10 men in west Cork whom they suspect were in the area to try to land a consignment of cocaine from a ship offshore.

Officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau along with officers from the Cork County Divisional Drug Unit arrested the 10 suspected gang members in Leap and Tragumna villages near Skibbereen in west Cork at about 7.30am on Thursday.

No drugs were recovered. Gardaí arrested six of the suspects after stopping a foreign-registered campervan in the middle of Leap.

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