GARDAI have seized drugs worth around €7m in three connected swoops. The finds were made following an operation by the garda national drugs unit against a major drugs trafficking gang.
Last night two men, aged 31 years and 30 years, were being questioned by officers at Naas garda station.
The first seizure was made on the outskirts of Naas town at Monread when armed officers stopped and searched two cars.
They found 35kg of heroin, diamorphine and cocaine with a street value of up to €5.5m.
In follow-up searches of houses in Celbridge in north Kildare and Palmerstown in west Dublin gardai recovered 10kg of cocaine. They also recovered 20kg of herbal cannabis and 1kg of diamorphine, with a street value of more than €1.2m.
Gardai believe the drugs were being shifted from Dublin to a gang operating in the south and south-east of the country when the cars were intercepted.
The finds were the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the drugs unit into the activities of a gang, based in west Dublin and north Kildare.
Last night the two suspects were being held under Section 2 of the drug trafficking legislation, which allows gardai to detain them without charge for up to seven days.
Gardai believe the drugs had been smuggled into the country as part of a joint enterprise by the two gangs, who are mainly involved in trafficking in heroin.
One of the gangs operates in west Dublin while the second focuses on the south inner city area, particularly around Crumlin.
The finds were the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the drugs unit into the activities of the two gang, whose members are well known to gardai.