Six people have been arrested following a seizure of drugs worth €1.6m and firearms in two separate garda operations into organised crime.

The arrests were made in Dublin and Carlow this afternoon.

Three men and a woman were arrested in Dublin, and two loaded guns were also seized, after two cars were stopped and searched at Monastery Gate Avenue in Clondalkin.

The four people, who are all in their 20s, are known to gardaí and are suspected to be involved in the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan crime gangs.

Gardaí believe the two guns were being moved with the intention of being used in an attack on an associate of the Hutch gang.

The four are being held at Clondalkin Garda Station.

In an unrelated investigation two Polish men in their 30s were arrested in Co Carlow following the seizure of cannabis resin worth around €1.6m and €21,000 in cash.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll said: "This significant drug seizure and associated arrests are the consequence of ongoing liaison on the part of An Garda Síochána, at an international level.

"The seizure of cannabis herb at a premises in Carlow arises from ongoing liaison with law enforcement authorities in Europol and Poland with whom we are jointly targeting an organised crime group."