A Lithuanian national has been charged in connection with a  €289,000 drugs seizure following his appearance at a Special Sitting of Sligo District Court this evening.

The 49-year-old man was among the five men arrested earlier following a number of separate searches that led to the seizure of cannabis.

The searches were carried out yesterday in counties Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo as part of an investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Roscommon and Leitrim region.

The man charged this evening was arrested following a search in Clogherevagh, Co Sligo, where 80 cannabis plants worth around €64,000 were found.

Gardaí say that two searches were carried out at separate locations in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon.

Two men, aged 33 and 46, were arrested in connection with the first search, following the discovery of 67 cannabis plants and cannabis herb worth around €54,000.

A 41-year-old man was arrested following the discovery of 86 cannabis plants and 2kg of cannabis at a second location. The value of this seizure is an estimated €107,000.

In Charlestown, Co Mayo, a 26-year-old man was arrested after 80 cannabis plants were seized. They were worth an estimated €64,000.