A man and a woman are due in court in connection with the garda seizure of €1.1 million worth of cannabis in the north east over the weekend.
At approximately 12pm on Saturday, cannabis with an estimated street value of €1,120,000 was seized after gardaí conducted searches in Monaghan and Louth.
Gardaí also seized one firearm, ammunition, and €100,000 in cash, which is suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
The searches were part of ongoing garda investigations into people suspected of being involved in organised crime.
In the course of the operation, one man aged 29 and one woman aged 26 were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking.
Both were detained at Castleblayney Garda Station in Monaghan.
They have since been charged.
Personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, supported by the Garda Dog Unit, conducted the searches.
"Organised crime groups continue to operate despite the existence of the Covis-19 pandemic," said Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is head of Organised and Serious Crime.
"However, the Garda Síochána is pursuing them with rigour and determination.
"It is this determination which has given rise to success today, whereby the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau assisted by the Garda Dog Unit, have located and seized a sizable quantity of drugs, a firearm, ammunition and cash suspected to the proceeds of crime.
"We continue to target those causing most harm in our community.
"Reducing the availability of illicit drugs and firearms that cause untold misery in our communities will continue to be our priority and we believe that the seizure today will contribute to the disruption and potential ultimate dismantling of particular organised crime groups that we continue to target, building on other recent success we have achieved."
They charged man and woman are both due to appear before Monaghan District Court on Monday Jan 25.