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Money haul Gardai seize €160k in cash during 'stop and search' operation in Athlone

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene

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€160,000 in cash was found concealed in the car. Photo: Gardaí

€160,000 in cash was found concealed in the car. Photo: Gardaí

€160,000 in cash was found concealed in the car. Photo: Gardaí

Gardaí have seized €160,000 in cash and arrested a man following an operation last night in Athlone.

The man was arrested following a ‘stop and search’ operation in the area of Auburn Villas.

At approximately 9.30pm, Gardaí from the town’s crime and drugs units stopped a car.

A garda spokesman said a search of the vehicle was carried out under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

During this search €160,000 was found concealed in the car.

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Some of the money recovered by the Gardaí. Photo: Gardaí

Some of the money recovered by the Gardaí. Photo: Gardaí

Some of the money recovered by the Gardaí. Photo: Gardaí

The spokesman said: "A 21-year-old man who was the sole occupant of the car was arrested at the scene and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. "

The man has since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Investigations are ongoing.

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