A "click and collect" service for drugs, alcohol and phones has been uncovered at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.
Around 10,000 tablets, cocaine, alcohol and 30 mobile phones were recovered today in the largest ever seizure of contraband into an Irish Prison.
The items were seized this morning following an intelligence-led security operation by Mountjoy Prison staff supported by the Operational Support Group.
The contraband has been sent to the Garaí for analysis and the Irish Prison Service is working with the force on an investigation into the findings.
They were individually wrapped, and - in what's been described as a contraband click and collect service - each intended recipient's name was written on the packages.
It is understood they were delivered into the Dublin prison through a supplier's vehicle.
A man in his 40s has been arrested in connection with the seizure and he is being questioned at Mountjoy Garda Station.
The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Caron McCaffrey said the operation was “a very significant result for Mountjoy Prison and our Operational Support Group in their efforts to prevent dangerous contraband from entering the prison”.
He added: “Given the scale of the contraband seized it is highly possible that these drugs, if they had made their way into the prison population, could have had a devastating impact on the prison population including the potential for the loss of life by overdose”.