£2.8m worth of cannabis discovered concealed in consignment of vegetables
30 October 2019, 07:52
Police in Ireland say they discovered Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of £2.8m (€3.2m) hidden in a consignment of vegetables.
Officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau stopped a truck travelling in Ballymascanlon near Dundalk, County Louth on Tuesday.
When the commercial haulage vehicle was searched officers found the haul of drugs hidden in amongst a consignment of fresh vegetables.
A man from Northern Ireland and a man from another part of the UK, aged 57 and 42, have been arrested.
The men are being held at Dundalk Garda station on suspicion of drug trafficking.
A spokesperson for the Gardi revealed the pre-planned operation was part of a joint investigation between the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the National Crime Agency in the UK.
The UK National Crime Agency and the Irish Gardi operate the Cross Border Joint Agency Task Force aimed at targeting cross border organised criminal activity on the border between Northern and Southern Ireland.
Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau intercepted a truck in Ballymascanlon, Dundalk, Co. Louth and found €3.2m of suspected cannabis herb that was concealed within a load of fresh vegetables.— Garda Info (@gardainfo) October 29, 2019
Two men are detained at Dundalk Garda Station.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll of Special Crime Operations said: "This very significant seizure of drugs is yet another success arising from ongoing cooperation between the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and the UK’s National Crime Agency as we jointly protect our communities from drug trafficking."
"Investigations are continuing. No further details are available."
LBC News has approached the National Crime Agency for comment.