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Man in 60s arrested as €500,000 worth of cannabis found in truck at Rosslare

A MAN in his 60s remains in garda custody today after customs officers seized over half a million euro worth of cannabis.

The suspect was arrested at Rosslare Europort when the drugs were discovered concealed in the tyres of a truck which was part of a container-load arriving into Co Wexford on a ferry from France.

The drugs were discovered following a scan of the container by Revenue's mobile scanner.

Yesterday's bust was just the latest major success for customs officers based in Rosslare.

The arrested man — who is from Co Kildare — is being questioned at Wexford Garda Station. He is expected to be charged later.

In August, customs sniffer dog Alfie played his part in the seizure of €86,400 worth of cannabis at the busy port.

Trained springer spaniel Alfie, who joined the service recently, gave a positive indication for drugs.

The vehicle was then scanned by the customs X-ray scanner. The English driver was arrested. A consignment of 14.4kg of cannabis resin was found concealed in the car.

And just days later his canine colleague Ralph discovered 53kg of cannabis resin hidden in the boot of a car at a Revenue port checkpoint.

Officers examined the car with an X-ray scanner and found the drugs before arresting the Ukrainian driver.

In a separate operation, gardai from Carlow and Portlaoise searched a house at Kilminchey, Portlaoise, yesterday evening.

During the course of the search Gardai discovered ecstasy tablets, cannabis herb and cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €40,000.

During a follow-up search of a house in Graiguecullen, Co Carlow, gardai discovered, speed and cannabis herb with a street value of €6,000.

A local man in his 30s is being questioned about these seizures in Carlow Garda Station today.