Man charged after big drug seizure in Portlaoise

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Bags of cannabis herb seized by Gardaí in Portlaoise

A man has been charged with possession of €20,000 worth of cannabis in Portlaoise this week.

The accused was released on bail from Birr Garda Station pending a future court appearance at Portlaoise District court.

He was one of three people arrested in Portlaoise on April 8. Two others, a man and woman from Portlaoise, had their period of detention extended for another 24 hours.

The three were arrested under drug trafficking legislation after €555,000 was seized by Gardaí during a raid on a house in the Rossvale area of the town.

Cocaine, cannabis, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia was seized during the operation which was carried out by the Portlaoise drug unit.

Gardaí must release or charge the two men and a woman before their period of detention expires on Friday. 

A total of €500,000 worth of cannabis, a quantity of cocaine valued at €35,000 was seized.