Garda raids smash Christmas drug ring with €600,000 seizure
GARDAI have broken a Christmas drugs ring after seizing almost €600,000 of cannabis.
The raid took place after gardai stopped a car at Sallybrook outside Glanmire in Cork and questioned the driver.
The man -- who was in his early 30s -- was arrested when gardai discovered a quantity of cannabis herb hidden in the boot.
The drugs recovered involved 32kg of cannabis worth €380,000, which was in plastic-wrapped bricks.
The man was taken to Cobh garda station on Monday evening for questioning under the Drug Trafficking Act.
He can be held for up to seven days before he must either be released or charged.
In a follow-up raid which continued into the early hours of yesterday morning, gardai -- supported by members of the Cork Drugs Squad -- searched a house outside Carrigtwohill.
The arrested man had been using the address over recent weeks.
Gardai discovered a further 25kg of cannabis resin and a small quantity of cocaine worth €210,000.
The total haul is estimated to have a street value of €590,000.
Gardai believe that the shipment was destined for the Christmas market in Cork and Waterford.
The seizure ranks as one of the largest in the south this year.