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'unusual activity' Portlaoise Gardaí seize cannabis worth estimated €2.1m and arrest man

Gardaí recovered 121kg of packaged cannabis herb (pending analysis), concealed in delivery of vegetables

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Gardaí in Portlaoise seized over €2.1 million worth of cannabis herb concealed in a delivery of vegetables

Gardaí in Portlaoise seized over €2.1 million worth of cannabis herb concealed in a delivery of vegetables

Gardaí in Portlaoise seized over €2.1 million worth of cannabis herb concealed in a delivery of vegetables

A man aged in his 20s was arrested after gardaí seized approximately €2,180,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb.

Following a report of unusual activity on a rural road in Emo, Co. Laois, Gardaí conducted a search of a storage facility and the surrounding areas at approximately 9.30am on Monday morning.

Gardaí observed a quantity of pallets containing boxes of vegetables, which had previously been unloaded from an articulated truck.

Following a search of these boxes, Gardaí recovered 121kg of packaged cannabis herb (pending analysis), concealed within the boxes of vegetables.

The total value of drugs seized is estimated at over €2.1 million.

One man, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 in Portlaoise Garda Station.

This seizure is part of An Garda Síochána’s national anti-drugs strategy, Operation Tara, which aims to disrupt drug trafficking networks involved in the sale, supply and distribution of controlled drugs at local, national and international level.

Investigations are ongoing.

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