Four men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of 28.5kg of cocaine with a street value of €2 million, as well as a quantity of cannabis and firearms.
As a result of ongoing investigations into organized crime activity under Operation Tara, Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) personnel intercepted two vehicles in the Finglas area of Dublin just before 4pm on Friday.
Planned address searches were also carried out in Kilkenny, Waterford, Tallaght and Ashbourne, with assistance from the Garda Dog Unit and personnel from the Divisional Drug Units at Tallaght, Kilkenny and Ashbourne Garda stations.
As part of this operation, three Glock handguns, a replica handgun, 28.5 kg of cocaine and a kilo of cannabis herb worth 20,000 euros were seized.
Gardaí also seized a hydraulic drug press, a quantity of mixing agents, drug mixing paraphernalia, €18,000 in cash and several communications devices. All seized drugs are sent to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) for analysis.
Four men (aged 55, 32, 27 and 22) were arrested in connection with drug trafficking and detained at Garda stations in Dublin and Meath under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.