By Emma Jane Hade
THREE men have been arrested after gardai seized almost €400,000 of drugs in two raids.
A 47-year-old man was released on bail in the early hours of this morning after €220,000 of cannabis was found in Clondalkin.
The seizure was made as part of an ongoing operation that led to a planned search of a house in the Yellow Meadows area yesterday afternoon.
The suspect was arrested and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station under section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.
He was released on bail shortly after midnight and is due to appear before Blanchardstown District Court on March 13.
Clondalkin local area representative Trevor Gilligan welcomed the news of the seizure and commended the gardai in their continuing efforts in the war on drugs.
"I welcome the fact that the gardai have got these drugs and taken them off of the street," the Fianna Fail representative told the Herald.
"A lot of time and effort goes into them (drugs officers) finding the drugs, whether it's on the street or in the houses. So I would like to congratulate the gardai on a job well done."
In the second operation, officers in Co Kildare arrested two men following the seizure of cannabis with a street value of almost €164,000.
The suspects, who are said to be 27 and 29 years old, were detained and taken to Newbridge Garda Station a short time after 9pm last night.
The seizure was of the drugs was made following the search of a house in The Curragh, Co Kildare.
During the operation, gardai discovered a grow house with cannabis plants at various stages of growth.
A garda spokesperson confirmed that the men were still in custody this morning.
They added that questioning of the pair was ongoing.