CO TIPPERARY, Ireland - A chance intercept of a vehicle on the M7 has led to a series of searches resulting in the seizure of approximately €300,000 worth of cannabis.
Two people have been arrested.
The searches were carried out on Saturday in the counties of Tipperary and Carlow.
The saga began at approximately 10:50am on Saturday morning, as a result of ongoing investigations into the activities of an organised crime group by gardai in the Eastern Region and in County Tipperary, when garda at Nenagh intercepted a vehicle on the M7 Motorway at Lisatunny.
During the course of a search of the vehicle, approximately €100,000 of cannabis was located within a concealed compartment in the boot and seized by officers. The two occupants of the car, both men, were arrested.
During the course of a follow-up operation at a home on the Tullow Road in County Carlow at approximately 3:00pm Saturday afternoon, officers conducted a search of a vehicle at the property, and another approximately €200,000 of cannabis was located within a concealed compartment, and seized.
All of the drugs seized have been sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
The two men arrested, aged in their 30s and 40s, are currently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station.
Gardai say investigations are ongoing.