Drugs worth an estimated €230k were also seized
Five people were arrested following a Garda-led operation into organised crime in Cork, Portlaoise and Kildare.
Gardaí seized cannabis herb with an estimated value of €100,000, cocaine, ecstasy and MDMA with a combined total of €85,000 and amphetamine valued at €45,000, pending analysis.
Following the search of a car on the M8 motorway close to Portlaoise, 5kgs of cannabis herb, with an estimated value of €100,000, pending analysis was discovered and seized. A 35 year-old was arrested at the scene. He is due to appear before Carlow District Court tomorrow morning and remains in Garda custody.
Follow up searches were carried out in counties Kildare and Cork. A planned search of a premises was carried out in Caragh, Naas. Three kilograms of amphetamine and an amount of cash was seized. Two men, aged 51 and 29 years respectively, were arrested and are currently detained.
Gardaí searched a house and a van in Glounthaune Village, Cork and recovered cocaine, 1,500 ecstasy tablets and MDMA with a combined total of €85,000.
A 32 year-old man and a 29 year-old woman were arrested at scene. They were both detained at Mayfield Garda Station, with the released from Garda custody without charge shortly after. The man was charged in connection with the investigation and is due to appear before Cork District Court tomorrow morning.