Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Pair released in 1m euro haul probe

More than one million euro was recovered after a surveillance operation
More than one million euro was recovered after a surveillance operation

Two men arrested after a stash of more than one million euro was dug up in a field have been released without charge.

A 53-year-old convicted criminal and a man in his 40s were detained after wads of notes were found in Portcrusha, Castleconnell, Co Limerick.

Gardai arrested the men as they attempted to retrieve the hidden cash b uried more than 6ft underground.

It is understood 450,000 euro was found in a tumble dryer and a container in the back of a mini digger on Saturday.

Officers later uncovered another 800,000 euro underground.

It is understood the arrests followed a surveillance operation and the money is believed to be profits from the drug trade.

The younger man was released yesterday while the older suspect walked free from Henry Street Garda Station this afternoon, where he was being questioned under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

A Garda spokesman said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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