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Two arrested in Republic over major drug seizures

An estimated €1 million worth of cannabis herb seized in Dundalk, Co Louth, on Tuesday. Picture: Gardaí
Allan Preston

TWO men in their 20s have been arrested in the Republic after separate drug seizures on Tuesday.

Cannabis worth an estimated €1 million was discovered in Dundalk, Co Louth, while cocaine worth an estimated €339,500 was seized in Dublin.

Gardai, who found 50kg of suspected herb cannabis during a search on the Ecco Road area of Dundalk just before 4pm, arrested a man at the scene.

The Dublin seizure was carried out by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and personnel attached to the Revenue Customs Service.

Revenue officers recovered the cocaine, which weighed 4.85kg, with a 22-year-old man arrested and detained at Swords Garda Station on Wednesday night.

A Garda spokesperson said: "Investigations are ongoing."

The arrest was part of Operation Tara, the Garda's anti-drugs operation which focuses on street-level dealing in cities, towns and villages across the country.

Meanwhile in east Belfast, suspected Class A, B and C drugs with an estimated street value of up to £180,000 were seized by the PSNI on December 30.

A man and woman, both aged 45, were arrested after the seizure at a residential property on the Beersbridge Road and later released pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Oonagh Ryan commented: "This seizure is a significant quantity of harmful drugs together with a range of other drugs paraphernalia."

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