A man has been caught digging up more than a €1m in a field and another arrested nearby.
The men were arrested by gardai over the weekend as one of them, a well-known criminal, was caught trying to dry and count the wads of notes which were buried in Limerick.
Officers swooped on the criminal after a digger was used to retrieve the hidden cash from a field in Portcrusha, Castleconnell, Co Limerick.
The cash - €1.25m - was buried more than six feet underground.
Two males aged in their 50s and 40s were arrested during the operation.
A garda spokesperson said: “The operation, which is part of an ongoing investigation into organised criminal activity in the Limerick area, was carried out yesterday afternoon.
“The cash was discovered when Gardai attached to the Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched a property at Portcrusha near Castleconnell.”
They can be held for up to seven days under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Henry Street garda station in the city.