€7.4 million of suspected cannabis herb seized in Kildare 2 months ago

€7.4 million of suspected cannabis herb seized in Kildare

A massive seizure.

€7.4 million worth of suspected cannabis herb was seized by Gardaí in Kildare on Thursday (11 February).

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An Garda Síochána’s National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and Special Crime Task Force (SCTF) made the seizure as part of an intelligence-led operation yesterday.

In the course of the operation, approximately 374kgs of a substance suspected to be cannabis herb, with an estimated street value of €7.4 million, was seized.

Two male suspects, aged 49 and 46, were arrested and are currently detained in Naas Garda Station, pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Speaking on Thursday, Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, head of bureau at the GNDOCB, said: "The operation undertaken today involving participation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and personnel in the DMR, which has resulted in the seizure of illicit drugs with an estimated street value of €7.4 million, demonstrates An Garda Síochána’s continued determination to tackling the supply of controlled drugs, that cause significant harm and misery in our communities.

"We will continue to target those who are engaged in the distribution of illicit drugs and tackle criminality engaged in by organised crime gangs who benefit from such activity.”

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is the Head of Organised and Serious Crime, said: "The significant success being achieved by members of the Garda Síochána throughout the organisation in tackling serious and organised crime in the challenging circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, is outstanding and reflects their considerable ability and dedication.”