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Two men, aged 49 and 46, were arrested and are currently detained in Naas Garda Station, under provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

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Suspected cannabis herb seizure

Suspected cannabis herb seizure

Suspected cannabis herb seizure

Garda chiefs have hailed the efforts of officers in tackling serious and organised crime after the seizure of a massive €7.4 million worth of suspected cannabis herb in Co Kildare. 

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, the Head of Organised and Serious Crime, said the significant success being achieved by members of the Garda Síochána in the challenging circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic was “outstanding”.

He was speaking following a combined operation carried out by personnel attached to An Garda Síochána’s Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) and assisted by officers assigned to the DMR (Dublin Metropolitan Region).

This resulted in the seizure of approximately 374kgs of a substance suspected to be cannabis herb, with an estimated street value of €7.4 million.

Two men, aged 49 and 46, were arrested and are currently detained in Naas Garda Station, under provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, head of bureau at the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, said the operation “demonstrated An Garda Síochána’s continued determination to tackling the supply of controlled drugs”.

“The operation undertaken today involving participation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and personnel in the DMR, which has resulted in the seizure of illicit drugs with an estimated street value of €7.4 million, demonstrates An Garda Síochána’s continued determination to tackling the supply of controlled drugs, that cause significant harm and misery in our communities,” she said.

“We will continue to target those who are engaged in the distribution of illicit drugs and tackle criminality engaged in by organised crime gangs who benefit from such activity.”

Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll added: “The significant success being achieved by members of the Garda Síochána throughout the organisation in tackling serious and organised crime in the challenging circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, is outstanding and reflects their considerable ability and dedication.”

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