€500,000 worth of cocaine and firearms found during Covid-19 checkpoint search
Not quite the purpose of the checkpoints, but okay.
Gardaí discovered half a million euro worth of cocaine when they attempted to stop a car during a Covid-19 check on Tuesday morning (14 April).
According to a statement from An Garda Síochána, the vehicle took off at speed, resulting in a car chase. The incident occurred at 4.30am on Phibsboro Road in Dublin.
The car eventually crashed into a wall at Essex Quay, and one of the passengers was seen throwing an item into the Liffey. After a search, two handguns were retrieved from the river.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and 8kg of suspected cocaine, with an approximate street value of €500,000, and a small amount of suspected cannabis herb was seized. All drugs have been sent for analysis.
Two men and one woman were arrested at the scene and are currently detained in Kevin Street, Kilmainham and Pearse Street Garda Stations. Investigations are ongoing.