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Sunday, 8th May 2022

Man arrested, €1.5m drugs and €39K seized, after car stopped on M1

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The cash and €1.5m worth of drugs seized yesterday.

Ten days after they seized €2m worth of drugs in Drogheda, Gardaí scored another major blow in the war on drugs yesterday morning when they stopped a car on the M1 motorway and seized over €1.5 million worth of cocaine and cannabis.

Along with the €1.5 million of suspected drugs, Gardaí also seized €39,750 in cash and arrested one man, following search operations conducted as part of Operation Tara in counties Kildare and Meath.

At approximately 11:30am, Gardaí intercepted a vehicle on the M1 motorway in County Meath. During the course of a search of this vehicle, approximately €39,750 in cash was located and seized.

The occupant of this vehicle, a man in his 20s, was arrested at the scene and taken to Ashbourne Garda Station where he is currently being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

At approximately 12pm on Saturday, 7th May, 2022, a number of properties were searched in the Newbridge area of County Kildare as part of this investigation.

Approximately €420,000 of suspected cocaine and €1.12 million of suspected cannabis were seized during the course of a search of one of these properties.

Suspected mixing agents and other drug paraphernalia were also seized. All of the drugs seized will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.

Investigations are ongoing.

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