South East premises searched following €8m drug seizure

South East premises searched following €8m drug seizure

Ongoing investigations targeting drug related organised crime activity in Ireland have seized over 8 million euro worth of drugs.

Personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau supported by other national units working under Operation Tara made the discovery yesterday afternoon.

Two vehicles were intercepted, shortly after 6pm on Thursday August 4th at two separate locations.

They took place in the Lough Owel area of Co. Westmeath.


During the course of the operation, 120 kilogrammes of cocaine with an estimated street value of €8.4 million (subject to analysis) was recovered along with several communications devices.

Follow up searches were conducted at residential premises in Naas, Co Kildare and Waterford City, and at a commercial airfield in Co. Longford where a light aircraft has been seized.


Two males, one aged 54 and 40, were arrested.


According to Gardaí, they were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking contrary to section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 and are currently detained, pursuant to the provisions of section 2 of Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Ashbourne Garda Station, Meath.

Following the operation Assistant Commissioner Justin Kelly, the Head of Organised and Serious Crime said "This operation has prevented a considerable quantity of dangerous drugs from making it onto our streets and causing significant harm to our communities.

"An Garda Síochána is committed, under Operation Tara, to disrupting and dismantling the organised criminal networks who profit from drug trafficking and impact so negatively on our society”.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.