Monday 25 September 2017

Two men arrested as gardaí seize €430k drugs seized in separate searches

The seizure made today
The seizure made today
The seizure on the M7
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

TWO MEN have been arrested after two separate searches today recovered €430,000 worth of drugs.

The first seizure was made as part of ongoing joint investigations targeting Organised Crime Groups operatinghere.

It was a joint intelligence led operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Serious Crime Task Force. 

This investigation resulted in the identification and interception of a consignment which arrived into Ireland.

A subsequent search today in the Ballyfermot area has resulted in the seizure of approximately 9 Kgs herbal cannabis.

The controlled drugs seized have an estimated street value of €180,000.

A male in his 40s was arrested by Gardaí and is currently detained at Ballyfermot Garda Station under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Joint Investigations by Revenue and An Garda Siochana are continuing both domestically and internationally with regard to this seizure of controlled drugs destined for the Irish Market.

The seizure on the M7
The seizure on the M7

The second seizure was made on the M7 motorway at Doon near Borris-in- Ossory.

During the checkpoint a car was stopped and searched by Gardaí. Cannabis herb with an estimated street value in excess of €250,000 (analysis pending) was recovered from the car.

The sole occupant of the car, a man aged in his 30s, was arrested and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Portlaoise Garda Station.

A technical and forensic examination of the car and drugs seized is underway.

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