Eight people have been arrested and around €770,000 worth of drugs and cash have been seized during a series of search operations by gardaí in Munster on Friday.
In a significant crackdown in drug operations in the region, gardaí seized materials and made arrests during separate operations in Clare, Limerick and Cork city,
Gardaí in Co Clare stopped a vehicle on the Corbally Road shortly after 2pm and, following a search of the vehicle, seized around €10,000 worth of suspected cocaine.
Three men, aged in their 20s and 40s, were arrested at the scene and have been detained at Henry Street garda station. Two of these men have since been released and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
A number of follow-up searches were carried out in Limerick during the evening, during which a further €406,000 worth of cocaine, €140,000 worth of heroin as well as amphetamine and diazapam tablets worth around €45,000 and €42,800 respectively.
A large sum of cash was also seized by gardaí.
Two more people, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 30s, were also arrested and are being detained at Henry Street garda station.
Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
In separate operations in Cork city, gardaí also seized €60,000 worth of cannabis, and €62,000 worth of Diamorphine.
In one operation, gardaí attached to the Cork divisional drugs unit and the Mayfield division drugs unit stopped and searched a car at around 4pm yesterday at Horgan's Quay. During the course of this search 3kg of suspected Cannabis with an approximate value of €60,000 was recovered.
The driver of the vehicle a woman aged in her late 30s was arrested and conveyed to Mayfield Garda Station where she is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
Separately, Gardaí attached to Cork Divisional Drugs Unit stopped and searched two men at Kent Railway Station at approximately 7:40pm yesterday. During the course of this search, 0.45 kg of Diamorphine (subject to analysis) with a street value of approximately €62,000 was recovered.
Both men, aged in their 20s and 50s was arrested and conveyed to Gurranbraher Garda Station where they are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
Investigations are ongoing.