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Major Drug Haul Seized In Cashel, Killenaule & Ballinure, Co. Tipperary

€500,000 worth of cannabis and ecstasy located in Tipperary

Two men, aged 22 and 45 years, have been arrested following a vehicle chase yesterday afternoon, in Ballinure, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, after Gardaí had attempted to halt a van.

Same are currently being questioned in connection with the later seizure of over €500,000 worth of cannabis and ecstasy, latter found in follow-up searches at addresses in Cashel and Killenaule last night.

Garda Operation ‘Overwatch’ was initially set up in Co. Tipperary to tackle drug dealing and other serious crime within the county.

At approximately 3.45pm yesterday afternoon, officers on a drugs and crime patrol in the Ballinure area, gave chase to a van they had earlier tried to halt. Two packages were observed being thrown from the van, resulting in around €150,000 worth of ecstasy tablets being retrieved.

Following the arrests, searches at homes in Cashel and Killenaule later resulted in the recovery of €400,000 worth of cannabis herb, latter located by the canine unit in a converted shed, together with some €21,000 in cash.

The two males are known to Gardaí and are being detained today at Thurles Garda Station. Those arrested can be detained for questioned for up to seven days under Section 2 – Criminal Justice act (Drug Trafficking Act) 1996.

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