Cocaine with an estimated street value of €1.2 million was seized when two vehicles were stopped and searched earlier today on the M3 motorway near Ashbourne, Co Meath.

Two men, aged 35 and 62 years, were arrested and are currently being detained at the local Garda station.

The searches - part of an intelligence-led operation undertaken with the assistance of the Revenue Customs Service - resulted in the discovery and seizure of a quantity of cocaine with an estimated street value of €1,200,000.

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, head of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, said: "An Garda Síochána is committed to continuing to disrupt the activities of organised criminals supplying drugs to our communities.

"This seizure of a substantial quantity of cocaine today is another example of our relentless efforts to disrupt this supply, enabling us to keep people safe."