17/12/2007

International Drugs Operation Nets Four

A man is due to appear before Newry Magistrates' Court charged in connection with the seizure of heroin worth over €3 million in Co. Louth last week.

The man, who was arrested in Banbridge in Co. Down, is charged with the unlawful importation of Class A drugs and the supply of Class A drugs.

The man was one of four people arrested as part of an international anti-drugs operation involving the PSNI, Gardaí and the Dutch police.

The heroin was seized in a jeep near Collon in Co. Louth on Friday. The 27-year-old man who was driving the vehicle was arrested at the scene, while a 45-year-old man was arrested after he was stopped on the M1 south of Dundalk.

The 27-year-old man was remanded in custody at Navan District Court on Sunday, charged in connection with the drugs seizure, while the 45-year-old was released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A 24-year-old man was also arrested in Dublin on Sunday as part of the same investigation. He was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant, issued by Dutch police, in connection with the seizure of heroin worth €6 million in Rotterdam six weeks ago.

(KMcA)


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