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Burglary Control Unit find huge amount of drugs after stopping suspicious vehicle

Gardai discovered over €800,000 worth of cannabis during the operations
Gardai discovered over €800,000 worth of cannabis during the operations

A Burglary Control Unit on patrol stopped a suspicious looking van yesterday and were surprised to find a large amount of drugs in the vehicle.

The unit were patrolling an area in Tallaght in Dublin when they spotted a van acting suspiciously. 

They stopped and searched the vehicle, and discovered 9 kilos of cannabis herb - subject to analysis - with a street value of €180,000. 

A man was arrested and conveyed to Tallaght Garda station where he is being detained under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking ) Act 1996 as amended.

During follow up searches, the BRU - assited by Tallaght and Blanchardstown Drug Units - discovered 32 kilos of cannabis herb with a street value of €640,000. 

The raid was carried out at a premises in Blanchardstown, authorities said. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

The Burglary Control Unit was established to tackle the scourge of burglaries occurring across the country. 

Fianna Fail spokesperson Justice Niall Collins welcomed the "long-overdue" unit earlier this year. 

"I very much welcome the fact that decisive action is finally been taken. This Burglary Response Unit must be given every support possible by the Justice Minister to ensure that it can have a real impact on crime levels."