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Saturday, 23rd January 2021

€1.1m cannabis, €100K cash and gun seized in Louth and Monaghan

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Part of the huge haul of cannabis seized today.

Members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), supported by the Garda Dog Unit, have seized cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1,120,000, a firearm and €100,000 in cash, which is suspected to be the proceeds of crime during searches carried out in counties Louth and Monaghan today.  

In the course of an organised crime related operation, one man (aged 29 years) and a woman (aged 26 years) were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking, contrary to the provisions of section 15 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

The pair are currently detained, pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Castleblayney Garda Station.
 
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. 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."

"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.”

The full haul of cannabis worth €1.1m seized today.

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