Gardai seize €178,000 in drugs and two arrested in Co. Dublin search

by Rachel Darcy

Approximately €178,000 in various drugs and €9,500 in cash has been seized by Gardai following a search operation on Saturday.

Two people were also arrested during the operation, which took place in the early hours of January 9.

In a statement, An Garda Siochana said: “At approximately 2am, Gardaí stopped a vehicle on the Skerries Road in Rush, Co. Dublin. A search of the vehicle and its occupant was conducted with assistance from the Balbriggan District Drugs Unit.

“During the course of the search, suspected cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €46,000 was seized as well as cash to the value of €9,530.

“A male, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene and taken to Balbriggan Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.”

Following this seizure, searches were conducted at residences in Rush, Blessington and Baltinglass on January 9, where other large quantities of drugs were seized by Gardai.

Gardai said: “During the course of these searches six large vacuum packed packages of suspected cannabis with an estimated street value of €121,000 was seized. Smaller quantities of cannabis (€5,500), MDMA (€3,000) and cocaine (€2,500) were also seized. All drugs will now be sent for analysis.”

A second male, also in his 20s, was arrested and is currently detained in Ballymun Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Both men arrested have since been charged and the first man is due to appear before Swords District Court this morning.  The second man is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

Investigations continue.

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