The Irish Times reports

A man and a woman arrested in raids by gardaí targeting people involved in organised crime remain in custody on Sunday.

Gardaí seized a large quantity of cannabis and cash along with a firearm and ammunition following the operations in counties Louth and Monaghan on Saturday.

Members of the force attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau conducted searched in both counties around 12pm and were supported by members of the Garda Dog Unit. During the searches, cannabis with an estimated street value of €1.2 million was seized along with one firearm and ammunition. Some €100,000 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime, was also seized.

Two people, a 29-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and are are being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at Castleblayney Garda station.

The operation was conducted as part of ongoing investigations targeting individuals suspected to be involved in organised crime. In a statement, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said:

“Organised crime groups continue to operate despite the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Garda Síochána is pursuing them with rigour and determination. It is this determination which has given rise to success today, whereby the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau assisted by the Garda Dog Unit, have located and seized a sizable quantity of drugs, a firearm, ammunition and cash suspected to the proceeds of crime.