COCAINE worth more than half a million euro has been seized after gardai stopped and searched a van in Kilkenny.
The operation, which happened on Saturday evening, was part of an intelligence-led investigation targeting drug dealers in the area.
Gardai stopped the van at Jordanstown in Kilkenny at around 6.30pm and found the drugs during the search.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of €560,000, pending analysis.
A 38-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is being held at Thomastown Garda Station.
ONE man is due to appear before the court today in connection with a garda seizure of guns, ammunition and a large quantity of drugs in two separate organised raids.
On Saturday morning, a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a .22 calibre handgun as well as three other handguns were found after officers searched two houses in Deerpark Rise in Tallaght, Dublin.
Gun magazines and a large quantity of ammunition were also seized, as well as cannabis herb and ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of up to €250,000.
A 24-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation will appear before Tallaght District Court today. A 33-year-old woman is due to appear in court at a later date, and a 32-year-old woman was later released with a file to go to the DPP.
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THERE have been calls for tighter security in Waterford city centre after an alleged sexual assault occurred there this weekend.
Gardai were last night investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident where a woman was allegedly attacked on the William Vincent Wallace Plaza around 4am on Sunday morning.
A man in his early 20s was arrested for questioning in relation to the incident.