TWO men who were being questioned by gardai following a major drugs seizure on the outskirts of Limerick city have been released without charge.
Cannabis worth more than €500,000 was seized when gardai stopped a car on the Ballysimon Road at lunchtime yesterday.
A man in his forties was arrested at the scene and another man in his thirties was arrested at around 6pm last night.
Further quantities of drugs, worth around €130,000, were seized during follow up searches at houses in the Rhebogue area and in Bruff.
In addition to the Limerick arrests, two men were arrested in Gowran, County Kilkenny last night when gardai located a van which was being sought as part of the investigation.
A further quantity of drugs, reported to be worth in excess of €3m, was seized during a follow-up search at a property on the Kilkenny / Carlow border.
Yesterday’s intelligence-led operation involved members of the garda national drugs unit who were assisted by members of the Limerick drugs squad and local detectives.
The seizure has been described by Chief Supt David Sheahan as a “significant blow” to drugs gangs in the region.
A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the men arrested in Limerick