Thursday 18 January 2018

M9 Drugs haul: Gardai seize €1.7m of cannabis and arrest truck driver (33)

Ed Carty

A 300kg (661lb) haul of cannabis has been seized after the Garda drugs squad stopped a truck on the M9.

The lorry was taken back to Dublin Port where it was searched with the help of Customs officers.

Gardai said the cannabis, which included both resin and herb, has an estimated street value of €1.7m.

A 33-year-old man was arrested and taken to Store Street Garda Station for questioning under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

The truck was pulled over on the motorway in Kildare yesterday.

The arrested man is Lithuanian.

The Revenue's Customs Service said there was 270kg (595lb) of cannabis resin and 7kg (15.4lb) of herb on the truck.

It said the drugs were concealed in a consignment of tiles which had arrived in Dublin Port from Spain.

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