A MAN who was being questioned about the seizure of more than €1m in cash at a farm in County Limerick has been released without charge.
The 43-year-old, who is from the Castleconnell area, was one of two men who were arrested during a major garda operation over the weekend,
Another man is still being questioned about the cash seizure at Henry Street garda station under drug trafficking legislation. He can be held without charge for up to seven days.
The 53-year-old from the Ballynanty area of Limerick city was arrested as he was digging up some of the cash, which according to sources, was buried several feet underground.
The man is known to gardai and has a number of previous convictions including one for drug dealing more than a decade ago.
In addition to the cash found in the ground, a significant amount of cash was also discovered in a container, which is located on the farmlands at Portcrusha near Castleconnell.
A mechanical digger was also found during the search operation, which was led by members of the divisional drugs unit.
The cash, believed to total around €1.25m, was seized during a major garda operation, which has been ongoing since July. Gardai are forensically examining the cash in an effort to establish where it came from.
The head of the Limerick garda division, Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, says while investigations into the discovery of the cash are ongoing, the search operation was a success. “It was an excellent outcome to a difficult and complex investigation,” he said.