Gardaí have seized drugs with an estimated street value of over €1m in two separate operations in Dublin.

Gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau yesterday stopped and searched two cars on the N2 in the Finglas area, resulting in the seizure of cannabis herb with an estimated value of €300,000, pending analysis.

Two men, aged 40 and 49, were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Finglas Garda Station.

In an unrelated operation, gardaí conducted a planned search of a premises in Irishtown yesterday afternoon, resulting in the seizure of heroin, cocaine and cannabis herb with an estimated value of €880,000, pending analysis.

A man and a woman, both aged 29, were arrested.

They are being held at Irishtown Garda Station.

Senior garda believes seizure will hit gangs hard

A senior garda in the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau has said recent high-value drug seizures would seriously hit criminal gangs operating here.

Chief Superintendent Michael O'Sullivan was speaking after gardaí in Dublin seized €1.2 million worth of drugs on Friday.

It followed on from another bust on Wednesday when illegal firearms and drugs worth €2.8m were retrieved during a search in Tallaght.

"If you calculate it over the last couple of days, there's probably in excess of four million worth of drugs [seized]." Chief Supt O'Sullivan told RTÉ News.

"It reduces the amount of drugs and certainly the amount of firearms available, which is good news for everybody.

"It's certainly bad news for the organised crime groups.

"It obviously affects their cash flow, it affects their supply and it goes a long way to dismantling many of the groups."

He also said there was anecdotal evidence to suggest there was a larger amount of cocaine available, as demand increases in line with the improving economy.

He urged the public to continue to support gardaí through tip-offs on the Garda Confidential helpline and to other members of the force. 

"It's a collaborative effort to rid the streets of drugs," he added.