26 Sept 2022

Arrests made after huge seizure of smuggled cannabis near Laois

Gardaí and Revenue seize €1.18m drugs targeting organised crime group


The cannabis seized in Kilkenny yesterday

Two men have been arrested after a major drug seizure by Gardaí and Customs Officers as part of an investigation into  organised crime in the Kilkenny area.

Cannabis with an estimated street value of €1.18 million was seized by Revenue Officers as part of the operation on Thursday, October 7.

The seizure was the result of ongoing investigations targeting an organised crime group operating in the Kilkenny area. a joint operation was conducted by personnel attached to the Revenue Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) yesterday. During the course of this operation 59kgs of cannabis was seized. 
Gardaí arrested a man aged in his 20s at the scene and he is presently detained at Kilkenny Garda Station.

A vehicle was subsequently intercepted in the Kilkenny area and Gardaí arrested a man aged in his 40s. He is also detained at Kilkenny Garda Station. Both men are detained pursuant to Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

The seizure was made as a result of a joint operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB). 

Revenue say that if businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.

Investigations are ongoing.

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