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Two men have been arrested after Gardaí seized 1.2 million euro worth of cocaine yesterday.

It happened when detectives stopped two cars on the M3 in Co Meath.

Gardaí from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau say they were targeting organised criminals when they stopped the two cars near Ashbourne.

Revenue officers aided in the searches, which uncovered packages of cocaine in plastic wrap.

The force says the drugs have a street value of an estimated 1.2 million euro.

Two men aged 35 and 62 were arrested, and they remain in custody at Ashbourne Garda Station.

The head of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis, says yesterday’s seizure was “substantial” and amounts to a serious blow for the drugs gang involved.

She called it a clear sign of the force’s commitment to “disrupt the activities of organised criminals”.