Gardaí in Galway have seized approximately €178,500 worth of cash, €50,000 worth of cocaine (subject to analysis) and a number of drug manufacturing components as part of an intelligence led operation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Galway Garda Division.
At approximately 19.40pm on Sunday January 19, 2020, Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Galway stopped and searched a car on the M6 Motorway in the vicinity of Loughrea where €17,580 worth of cash was seized.
As part of a follow-up search Gardaí uncovered what is believed to be a cocaine processing laboratory and seized cocaine (pending analysis) with an estimated value of €50,000 at an address in Galway City.
At this address, Gardaí seized a quantity of mixing agent, a cocaine press, vacuum packer, industrial gas masks, and a cash counting machine, which are believed to have been used in the manufacture of cocaine for sale or supply.
In a further follow up search Gardaí seized €161,000 in cash at a separate premises in Galway City.
One man in his 20s was arrested following the detection on the M6, while a second man in his 30s was arrested at a property in Galway City.
Both men are currently detained at Galway Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act 1996.
These seizures were part of an intelligence led operation and were detected by the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit with the assistance of the Western Regional Armed Support Unit.