Gardaí in Kilrush were last night questioning a 24-year-old man following the seizure of almost €700,000 worth of cannabis.
Around 34kgs of cannabis herb was discovered at a property in Querrin near Kilkee in west Clare early yesterday.
The man was taken Kilrush Garda Station where he was being detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking act.
Detective Inspector John Galvin confirmed that 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 confirmed the actual value.
Gardaí have carried out several searches in the west Clare are 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.
Ronan Carroll of Cahermore, Cree was charged with the possession of the drug for sale or supply under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
He was arrested at Beechpark, Ennis when gardaí stopped a car. He was granted bail and is due to-reappear before the court next month.
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.
Last week, gardaí questioned and released a man following a number of drugs related searches in West Clare.
Several homes and open land in the Kilmihil and Mullagh areas were searched over a number of days by local gardaí backed but the Garda Dog Unit.
Last January, gardaí in Clare made five significant seizures and closed down several houses in a matter of days.
During a search of a house at Breaffa, Carraigaholt on January 8th 2014 gardai discovered cannabis 600 plants growing and evidence of in excess of 500 harvested plants. The drugs seized were estimated to have had a street value of almost €500,000.
A few days later, gardaí made two discoveries during searches at Lislanahan and Tullaroe Kilkee where 500 cannabis plants worth almost €500,000 were discovered.
Gardaí also made seizures in Ennis, Tulla and Caher in east Clare.