A major Criminal Assets Bureau and garda search operation targeting drug dealing has resulted in the seizure of six cars and over €22,000 in cash.

The searches were mounted as part of a CAB investigation into an individual who they say is involved in the sale and supply of drugs throughout Cork.

Today's events have dealt "a significant blow" to the drug distribution network throughout Cork, according to gardaí.

Two arrests were made and a total of 22 locations were searched during the swoop - 21 in Co Cork and another in Co Tipperary

These included 11 residential properties, four business premises, six professional premises, and one hotel room.

Members of CAB were involved in the search along with the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the Southern Region Garda Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, the Cork divisional search team and local detectives and uniformed gardaí.

A total of 124 law enforcement personnel took part.

During the search they seized a 191 registration Renault Kadjar; a 182 registration Kia Sportage, a 142 registration Skoda Superb, a 171 registration Range Rover, a 162 registration Hyundai Santa Fe, and a 151 registration Volkswagen Passat.

They also seized two Louis Vuitton bags, a Rolex watch, €22,500 in cash, mobile phones, financial records and business records and a small quantity of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb.

Funds were restrained in four different financial accounts.

One of the men arrested was detained on foot of a court bench warrant while the other was arrested under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act in relation to an offence allegedly committed on an earlier date.

"The CAB investigation centres on an individual involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in Cork city and county," a CAB spokesman said.

"The individual is linked to a number of businesses in west Cork and it is believed that he is laundering the proceeds of his criminal conduct, namely the supply of controlled drugs through these businesses."