Gardaí stop van on M9 to check tax and insurance but discover €800k of drugs in the back

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Gardaí stop van on M9 to check tax and insurance but discover €800k of drugs in the back

The seized drugs

Gardaí have seized approximately €800,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb and arrested a man during an operation on the M9 motorway.

While conducting a routine traffic checkpoint yesterday evening, Gardaí stopped a van travelling southbound on the M9 at approximately 5.40pm.

During a search of the vehicle, Gardaí recovered a large quantity of cannabis herb (pending analysis) in vacuum packaging.

The estimated street value of this seizure is €800,000.

Officers later put the massive haul on display last night. 

The driver of the van, a man aged in his 40s, was arrested at the scene.

He was taken to Carlow Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Gardaí said that investigations are ongoing.