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Gardaí seize €180,000 worth of drugs after Passage West raid

GARDAÍ in Cork have seized €180,000 worth of drugs and arrested two men in Passage West as part of a major operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs.

A planned search of two houses took place at Maulbaun Estate, Passage West at 11pm last night.

During the course of the search, a quantity of cannabis resin, ecstasy tablets, cannabis herb and cocaine was seized, along with some cash.

Gardaí estimate that the drugs have a street value of €180,000, though they are currently pending analysis.

Two men, one in his mid 50s and one in his late 40s, were arrested at the scene and are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act, 1996 at Bridewell Garda Station, Cork. They can be held for up to seven days.

It is the second major blow struck against the drug trade in Cork in recent days.

Yesterday, gardaí also seized an estimated €13,500 worth of drugs following searches of 29 premises across Munster. The operation involved up to 100 members of An Garda Síochána and saw €8,000 in cash seized during the raids in Cork, Limerick and Tipperary.

Three men in their 30s were arrested and €13,500 worth of cocaine and cannabis herb was seized as part of the operation.

Gardaí said it was 'part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the southern region.'