Northern Ireland

Plane and €8m worth of drugs seized at airport near Dublin

Gardaí said two men were arrested following the seizure
Gardaí said two men were arrested following the seizure

A plane and heroin with an estimated value of €8 million have been seized by gardaí at an airport near Dublin.

The drugs were recovered on Friday after a light aircraft was intercepted at Weston Airport.

Revenue and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau carried out the operation.

The light aircraft was searched and up to 60kg of vacuum-packed heroin was found in holdalls.

It is the largest seizure of heroin in the Republic so far this year.

Two men aged in their 40s and 60s were arrested on suspicion of organised crime activity.

One man was arrested on the plane and the other nearby.

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They have been detained under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act at a Kildare Garda station.

RTÉ reported that detectives say the drugs were sourced by a family-based west Dublin gang with links to the Kinahan organised crime group.