Over €8m worth of cocaine has been seized in Co. Westmeath. It’s after gardaí stopped two vehicles in the Lough Owel area shortly after 6pm yesterday.
Ongoing investigations had been targeting drug related organised crime activity under Operation Tara.
Follow up searches were conducted at properties in Naas and Waterford, and an aircraft in Longford has been seized.
It’s understood the drugs were flown in on the private plane at an airfield in Longford.
Two men, age 54 and 40 years, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and are currently being detained, at Ashbourne Garda Station in Co 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”.