A MAN is being held by gardai after he was found with 4kg of cocaine with a street value in excess of €280,000 in his rucksack at a regional airport.
The UK national, who is in his late-50s and is living in Munster, was searched by officers from the Revenue's Customs service after he arrived at Kerry Airport in Farranfore on a flight from Frankfurt. The Customs service confirmed it was the biggest cocaine seizure ever at the airport.
Truck driver killed
A FATHER of two died yesterday when the lorry he was driving crashed on a rural road. Pranas Asmonas (38), from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, died when his articulated lorry left the road and skidded into a bog at Bannus, outside Pettigo in Co Donegal.
The Lithuanian national was returning to Dublin with a load of frozen fish from Killybegs when the accident happened. The Laghey to Pettigo road remained closed all day as Garda investigators examined the scene.
A MAN had a lucky escape after being shot with a high-powered pellet gun in a city suburb. The man, believed to be in his late 20s, was shot once with a pellet gun in Fortlawn Avenue in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
He suffered minor injuries to his right ear which did not require medical attention. It is understood the man was not taken to hospital although he was treated by paramedics at the scene. He did not want to press charges against the perpetrator who has not yet been apprehended.
Explosives made safe
FOUR viable explosives found at an abandoned car park have been dismantled by the Army bomb disposal unit.
The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) were found on waste ground off the Malahide Road near Clarehall in north Dublin as part of an ongoing garda operation. The area was sealed off and the team arrived at the scene and examined the devices. The remains of the devices were handed over to gardai as part of their investigation.
Script star breaks rib
THE Script singer Danny O'Donoghue has suffered a fractured rib after an accident at sea while on holiday.
The Irish musician was left in agony after he flipped off an inflatable water craft during a recent trip to Barbados. He thanked his fans for their messages of concern on his social networking site. "Inflatable boats dragged by speed boats are lethal," he wrote on Twitter.