A picture of the 2,000 tablets seized
Carlow Roads Policing Unit carrying out speed checks on the M9 motorway on May 3 at 10.30pm - as part of an operation this Bank Holiday weekend - stopped a motorist who was detected travelling at 157km/ph.
The driver failed a roadside breath test for drugs and the car was seized for no insurance, as the driver was disqualified.
Follow up searches of the car recovered 2,000 ecstasy tablets and 1/4 kilo of cocaine all with a combined value of approximately €40,000 (all subject to analysis).
A man in his 20s was arrested and taken to Carlow Garda station, where he was detained under Sect 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
He was later released pending file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Investigations are ongoing.
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