Over €3m worth of cocaine has been uncovered as part of an extensive garda operation to tackle organised crime, it was confirmed today.
A number of people are being questioned following searches in counties Kildare and Meath in which illegal drugs, ammunition and stolen vehicles were found.
Gardaí discovered ammunition and a quantity of cocaine with a potential street value of up to €3m during a search of a premises in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Two people were held at Naas Garda Station after the search took place late on Monday night.
The National Bureau of Criminal Investigations, supported by the organised crime unit and emergency response teams, carried out a number of searches in a 24-hour period as part of operations to tackle serious organised crime.
Gardaí detained another two men, both in their 20s, for questioning after they were intercepted around 9am today at Botanic Road in Glasnevin.
The follow up search at a house in Duleek, Co Meath, two hours later uncovered five high-powered stolen vehicles.
A garda spokesman said materials found at the scene suggest it was being used as a drug preparation operation.
The two men are being detained at Santry and Whitehall Garda Stations under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
Another man and a woman, both in their 20s, who were arrested at Duleek, were held at Coolock and Whitehall Garda Stations under Section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.
Gardaí said another follow-up search at a house in Clonee, Co Meath, uncovered a cache of cocaine estimated to be worth up to €500,000.
A man and a woman, both in their 20s, arrested at that location are being held at Blanchardstown Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
An operation in the south of the country resulted in two men being detained for questioning after seizures of heroin and cocaine worth over €150,000 were uncovered.
A 24-year-old man was arrested after officers seized a quantity of cocaine at Monaghan Road in Cork city.
The intelligence-led operation by gardaí from four stations in the city seized cocaine with a potential street value of €140,000.
The man is being held at Bridewell Garda Station under Section four of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Earlier, a 45-year-old man was arrested after gardaí seized heroin in the Blackrock Road area of the city.
Gardaí estimated the heroin seized could have a potential street value of €18,000.
The man is being held at Bridewell Garda Station under Section two of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.