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Truckload of drugs: Over €6mn of heroin and cocaine seized in Drogheda and Donnybrook

Five people are now in custody.

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GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN and Louth have together seized almost €6.3 million worth of heroin and cocaine and arrested five people.

In the biggest heroin seizure so far this year, gardaí found over €4 million worth of the drug when they stopped a truck in Co Louth.

The seizure was made last night when gardaí from the National Drugs Unit (NDU) supported by local detectives stopped and searched an articulated truck on the M1 motorway near Drogheda. During the course of the search, 27kg of heroin with an estimated street value of €4.05 million was discovered.

Two people were arrested at the scene, a 40 year-old-man and a 43-year-old woman, with a second 40 year-old-man held after a follow-up search.

Also last night, 32kg of cocaine was found in the Dublin 4 suburb of Donnybrook when gardaí searched a house on the Stillorgan Road.

Two males, aged 27 and 37 years, were arrested at scene by gardaí from the NDU who were assisted by units from Dundrum.

The five people arrested last night were all detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act and are being held at Coolock, Drogheda and Blackrock Garda Stations.

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