A 24-year-old man is being questioned by gardaí following the seizure of almost €700,000 worth of cannabis herb.
Around 34 kilos of the drug were discovered at a property in Querrin near Kilkee in west Clare early today.
The man was taken Kilrush Garda Station where he was being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking act.
The cannabis herb, with an estimated street value of €680,000, was discovered during a search carried out as part of an ongoing operation by Clare Gardaí into the sale and supply of drugs.
The drugs will be technically examined to confirm the actual value.
Gardaí say the operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks.
“Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities. Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality,” a Garda spokesman said.
Gardaí have carried out several searches in the West Clare area in recent weeks and this the second substantial seizure in 8 days.
Last weekend, an 18 year old West Clare man was brought before a special sitting of the district court following a seizure of cannabis with an estimated street value of €70,000.