Two men have been jailed for running an online global drug-dealing operation.

Neil Mannion of Mount Drummond Avenue, Harolds Cross, Dublin was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and Richard O'Connor of Clonskeagh Road, Dublin was sentenced to three years.

Both were arrested in a business centre in November of last year with over €140,000 worth of LSD, cannabis and amphetamines.

The drugs were being sold all over the world on the Silk Road website and were paid for in Bitcoin.

Judge Martin Nolan, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, said Mannion was the operator of the business and owner of the drugs, while O’Connor followed instructions

The Garda National Drugs Unit had an office at the Bank House Business Centre in Dublin under surveillance and raided it on 5 November last year.

They found €143,000 worth of LSD, cannabis and amphetamines as well a weighing scales, vacuum packing machine, foil wrapping and visa electron cards.

Mannion and O’Connor were both arrested there and both pleaded guilty to charges in connection with selling drugs online all over the world.

Mannion admitted being in charge of the operation while O'Connor packaged and posted the drugs to 27 countries worldwide including the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Brazil, Belgium and Ireland.