Gardaí have not yet identified which organised crime gang is responsible for the biggest drugs seizure of the year with a value of more than €12m, according to senior sources.

Gardaí have not yet identified which organised crime gang is responsible for the biggest drugs seizure of the year with a value of more than 12m, according to senior sources.
Around 172kg of cocaine was seized in Cork yesterday as part of a major operation.
The joint operation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenues Customs Service uncovered cocaine with an estimated street value of 12.04m in Ringaskiddy Port.
The drugs were discovered following an intensive search of containers that arrived on a vessel from Costa Rica.
Senior sources say gardaí have not yet identified which organised crime gang is responsible for the seizure.
There are very few gangs operating in this country that have the means to directly organise such a massive shipment from central America, a source said.
However, there is no doubt that this would well be within the capabilities of the Kinahan cartel or the international network controlled by The Penguin [German-based drugs trafficker George Mitchell who is originally from Ballyfermot].
Gardaí have also not ruled out that a number of different organised crime gangs may have clubbed together to bring in the massive haul.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll confirmed this morning that the ship originated in Costa Rica.
He told RTE’s Morning Ireland: Its significant of course in its value but it is indicative of the drug market routes that are opened between the Americas and Europe.”
Assistant Commissioner ODriscoll said Gardaí and Customs worked with law enforcement from Europe and further afield in the intelligence-led operation.
Mr ODriscoll confirmed both agencies also liaised with the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre in Lisbon, which is headed by Irishman Michael OSullivan, a former head of Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
Sophisticated equipment used by Revenue Customs officers was used during the course of the intensive search of the vessel once it arrived in Ringaskiddy.
Through international cooperation, and as result of intelligence and the equipment now available to officers, this sort of success can be achieved, he noted.
Assistant Commissioner ODriscoll said Gardaí are investigating whether the shipment was destined solely for the Irish market or was to be moved on to the UK.
Cocaine is the second-largest illicit drug market in Europe. The EU drug market is valued at 30bn with the cocaine market. responsible for 9bn. There are an estimated four million users of cocaine in this market.
Mr ODriscoll said there were 8,238 deaths in Europe arriving from drug use in 2017 and said this illustrates the importance of removing these drugs from the market. First of all, to prevent the number of deaths from drug use, but also to prevent organised crime groups from accumulating large sums of money.”
Gardaí and Revenue have seized more drugs and money from organised crime gangs in the first two months of the year compared to any other year, Asst Commissioner ODriscoll said.
There have been no arrests in the case so far.
This comes after Mr ODriscoll said in a statement the joint operation demonstrates the potential of collaborative working relationships involving partner agencies, in tackling importation of controlled drugs that harm our communities.
The Garda Síochána will continue to work with others at a national and international level in targeting the importation and supply of illicit drugs and the organised crime gangs that benefit from such activity.
Mick Gilligan, director of Customs Drug Law Enforcement, also commented on the seizure: Combating the smuggling of controlled drugs such as cocaine into this jurisdiction, in collaboration with An Garda Síochána is a priority for Revenue.
He said that Revenues customs services had deployed the full suite of its specialist search resources including its container X-ray scanner, canine drug detection teams, container inspection teams and deep rummage officers from its Customs National Maritime Service.
Mr Gilligan said the seizure of cocaine will have a significant impact on organised crime and demonstrates the hard work that is undertaken every day by Revenues Customs Service and gardaí.
Irish Independent