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Gardaí seize over €3 million of cannabis after Ashbourne raid

The street value of the drugs seized is estimated at €3.2 million.

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GARDAÍ YESTERDAY SEIZED 160 kilos of cannabis worth over over €3.2 million.

The drugs were found in a raid carried out as part of ongoing joint investigations targeting gangs in Ireland. As part of the investigations, raids were conducted by the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service, the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force supported by Garda officers from the Eastern Region.

A number of people and vehicles were intercepted in the Ashbourne area of Meath at around 4pm yesterday and a business premises also searched. During the search operation approximately 160 kilos of cannabis herb was seized.

Four Irish men, aged between 25 and 61, were arrested for drug trafficking offences and are currently detained at Finglas and Kells Garda Stations under the provisions of drug trafficking legislation.

The street value of the drugs seized is estimated at €3.2 million.

Gardaí say that joint investigations by themselves and Revenue are continuing both domestically and internationally with regard to the find, which they believe were destined for the Irish market.

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