A 29-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon after around €2.5m worth of drugs was seized when gardaí raided a west Dublin apartment being used as a drugs factory as part of an investigation known as Operation Tara.
There was no one present when officers based at Ronanstown garda station raided the property on Thursday and found what is described as an "Aladdin's cave" of multiple different types of drugs.
Operation Tara was launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in April, meaning that divisional drug units now combat local drug gangs while working with divisional asset profilers, trained by the Criminal Asset Bureau.
The suspect in custody last night is from the Clondalkin area but has also been based in Co Westmeath. He was picked up following a manhunt.
He is suspected of "controlling" the drugs factory and he has a number of previous convictions for offences such as driving matters and drug possession.
Confirming the €2.5m drugs seizure, a Garda spokesman said: "During the course of this search, gardaí discovered an assortment of suspected controlled drugs, including 34kg of vacuum-packed cannabis with an estimated value of €680,000.
"They also found MDMA with an estimated value of €40,860, pink Upjohn tablets valued at €22,146, blue ecstasy tablets valued at €176,190, pink powder for Upjohn tablets valued at €168,000 and €3,550 respectively, white ecstasy tablets valued at €66,240, ketamine valued at €60,000, Xanax tablets valued at €81,700 and further ecstasy valued at €1,187,500."