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major operation Two arrested after Gardai seize €1.1 million of suspected cannabis, €100k cash and firearm


The €1.1m of suspected cannabis

The €1.1m of suspected cannabis

The €1.1m of suspected cannabis

Two people are in custody tonight after Gardai seized more than €1.1 million worth of suspected cannabis and €100,000 cash as well as a firearm in a major operation. 

Gardai attached to the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) arrested a 29-year-old man and one woman (26) in the course of ongoing investigations targeting persons suspected to be involved in organised crime.

The officers, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, conducted searches in counties Monaghan and Louth at around midday today.

During the course of these searches, cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1,120,000 was discovered. Gardaí also found a firearm, ammunition, and €100,000 in cash, which they believe is from the proceeds of crime.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is head of Organised and Serious Crime within An Garda Síochána, said organised crime groups continue to operate despite the existence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“However, the Garda Síochána is pursuing them with rigour and determination,” he said.

“It is this determination which has given rise to success today, whereby the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau assisted by the Garda Dog Unit, have located and seized a sizable quantity of drugs, a firearm, ammunition and cash suspected to the proceeds of crime.

He added: "We continue to target those causing most harm in our community. Reducing the availability of illicit drugs and firearms that cause untold misery in our communities will continue to be our priority and we believe that the seizure today will contribute to the disruption and potential ultimate dismantling of particular organised crime groups that we continue to target, building on other recent success we have achieved.”

According to the Garda Press Office the two people who were arrested are currently detained, pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Castleblayney Garda Station.

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