A 27 year old man is to appear before a sitting of Derrynea District Court, County Galway at 10.30 this morning in connection with a €50,000 drug seizure in Galway City on Sunday last.
A second man in his 30s, who was also arrested in connection with the matter, has been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Gardaí in Galway 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.
On Sunday evening last gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Galway stopped and searched a car on the M6 Motorway in the vicinity of Loughrea where more than €17,000 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 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.
The 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.