An Irish man has been arrested and over €1.1m worth of drugs has been seized in Amsterdam as part of an operation by Dutch police and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
The joint operation is targeting an organised crime group that includes a number of Irish nationals who are suspected to be involved in the large-scale trafficking of cocaine from the Netherlands to Ireland.
Dutch police seized 16kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value in Ireland of €1.12m, during the search of a premises in Amsterdam.
A 40-year-old Irish man was arrested and is currently being detained.
As part of the same operation, a search was carried out in five premises in Co Meath and Co Dublin by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
A motor vehicle, encrypted electronic communication devices and around €70,000 in cash was seized.
"Today's operation demonstrates the success that can be achieved through real time collaboration with our international law enforcement partners. Through working together, we can effectively tackle transnational organised crime groups," said Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll.
Investigations are ongoing and gardaí say additional arrests are expected.