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Officers seize €1.4m drugs

CANNABIS and cocaine with an estimated street value of nearly €1.4m were seized in two separate operations by gardai and Customs officers in Dublin.

Last night, gardai from the Organised Crime Unit and the Garda National Drug Unit seized cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1.2m and arrested a man in his 20s after stopping a van on the Swords Road, Whitehall. He is being held under drug trafficking laws.

At Dublin Airport, Revenue Customs service officers seized 2kg of cocaine valued at €140,000. The man was due to appear in court today.

Man wins €8k in garda attack

A High Court jury has awarded €8,500 in damages to a 22-year-old man who claimed he was struck in the face by a garda he had insulted while in custody.

Salko Osmanovic (22) brought an action for damages against the Garda Commissioner, Ireland and the Attorney General for alleged wrongful assault and battery while he was in custody at Blanchardstown Garda Station on January 16/17, 2006. In its defence, the State denied Mr Osmanovic's claims.

Two killed in road collisions

A PENSIONER has been killed in a collision between two vehicles in Co Waterford.

The 82-year-old was travelling in a car which collided with another vehicle at Stradbally at 5pm yesterday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In another incident, a 26-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Co Roscommon today. The man was the sole occupant of a car which collided with another on the N61 Athlone to Roscommon Road, near Knockcroghery, at 1.20am.

EU chiefs agree debt options

European leaders agreed on a series of strong steps to stamp out the spiralling debt crisis, including consolidating public finances, bringing in the European Central Bank to ensure Eurozone stability and possibly set up a European mechanism to preserve financial stability and prevent future crises such as the one that has engulfed Greece.

The draft document still must receive final approval.