Approximately €100,000 of cannabis herb along with drugs paraphernalia has been discovered during a garda search of a premises in Portarlington.
Following on from information received, members of the Portarlington gardaí acting on a search warrant conducted a search of an apartment in the town last Wednesday, January 15.
They found five kilos of cannabis herb, with an estimated street value of around €100,000 (pending analysis), along with other items made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis.
One man, a foreign national aged 31, was arrested at the scene and detained at Portlaoise Garda Station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that the man was subsequently charged and brought before Portlaoise District Court last Friday, January 17.
A file is currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Apart from the drugs find, the gardaí are reporting an otherwise quiet week around the county, with no major assaults or robberies taking place. They are appealing for witnesses or information on two matters, however.
Last Thursday, January 16, a house was broken into in the Copper Hill area of Ballickmoyler.
Some time between 2pm and 4pm, an empty house, which was unsecured at the time, was broken into and thieves made off with an amount of money.
Two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area, and gardaí believe they may have been involved in the burglary. One of the men was dressed in a black hat and navy hoody, and a garda spokesperson has said it is possible they drove a black Renault Clio.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, January 18, at 4.30pm, the side window of a car parked on the Main Street in Abbeyleix was broken, and a handbag stolen from the vehicle.
The car was a blue Toyota Corolla, and gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the crime to contact them.
If anyone has any information on the theft of the handbag in Abbeyleix, or the Ballickmoyler burglary, they can call the gardaí on 05786 74100.