€12m worth of cocaine has been seized following a joint search operation between gardaí and Revenue officers at Ringaskiddy Port in Co Cork earlier today.
172kg of the suspected cocaine were discovered in containers that arrived on a vessel from Central America.
Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Driscoll said the seizure demonstrates the potential of collaborative work between agencies, in tackling importation of controlled drugs that harm communities.
He said: "The Garda Síochána will continue to work with others at a national and international level in targeting the importation and supply of illicit drugs and the organised crime gangs that benefit from such activity."
Customs Drug Law Enforcement Director Mick Gilligan said that Revenue employed its "full suite of specialist search resources" to control the vessel from South America, including a container x-ray scanner, drug dog detection teams, and deep rummage officers.
"Today's seizure of Cocaine will have a significant impact on organised crime and demonstrates the hard work that is undertaken every day by Revenue's Customs Service and An Garda Síochána in confronting this threat," he said.