|LARGE quantities of cocaine and cash together with a firearm and 40 rounds of ammunition have been seized by gardaí.
Three men have been arrested following searches yesterday, which uncovered €33,000 in cash, cocaine worth €35,000 and ammunition.
The discoveries were made during a joint operation involving garda detective units and an armed Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
As part of the operation, a car was stopped and searched and over 40 rounds of ammunition were found, together with a firearm. Follow-up searches at two houses uncovered €33,000 in cash and cocaine worth €35,000.
The three male occupants of the car, two aged in their 20s and one in his 30s, were arrested at the scene in the Slieverue area of Co Kilkenny yesterday. They are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.
The searches were carried out by detective units from the Kilkenny/Carlow and Waterford divisions, assisted by the ERU, as part of ongoing investigations into organised crime.
Follow-up searches at a house in Waterford city led to the discovery and seizure of €33,000 in cash. An additional search at a house in south Kilkenny found cocaine worth €35,000.
Gardaí said today that investigations are continuing following the seizures.