Men appear in court over massive €6m Meath drug seizure

It was part of a major international investigation

Men appear in court over massive €6m Meath drug seizure

Gardaí at the scene after drugs were seized in Ashbourne, Co Meath | Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Updated: 12.15

Two Dublin men have appeared in court charged in connection with the seizure of just over €6m worth of drugs in Co Meath on Wednesday.

They were arrested as part of a major international investigation into the criminal activities of the Kinahan cartel.

Michael Smullen from Ashdale Close, Kinsealy, Co Dublin and Keith Donoghue from Clonshaugh, Dublin 17 were arrested on Wednesday when gardaí raided a lock-up in Muckerstown, Co Meath.

At their court appearance this morning, Detective Garda William Armstrong said it would be alleged they were working a conveyer-type system whereby Mr Smullen was making boxes from flat packs while Mr Donoghue filled them with cannabis.

Detective Armstrong said 311 kilos of cannabis with an estimated street value of €6.2m was seized from the shed and he said it was his belief they were preparing the drugs for further distribution.

Both men are charged with possession of drugs and with possession of drugs for unlawful sale or supply.

They were both refused bail this morning and remanded in custody for a week.