A man in his 20s is facing charges after police in Ireland discovered more than €2 million ($2.9 million) of cannabis hidden in boxes of chili peppers, reports the Irish Examiner.
The haul was discovered after reports of “unusual activity” on a local road.
According to RTÉ, officers responded to the report and searched a nearby storage facility in County Laois, an area that’s home to about 85,000 people.
Police saw pallets containing boxes of vegetables that had been unloaded from a truck. Upon searching the boxes, they found approximately 121 kilograms of cannabis mixed in with the veggies.
The man in his 20s was arrested at the scene. He is due in court this week and the investigation remains ongoing.
According to reports, the bust was part of Operation Tara, an anti-drug operation from Ireland’s national police service.
Operation Tara began on July 1 and aims to “disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels — international, national, local — involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs.”
“Operation Tara will have a strong focus on tackling street-level dealing in cities, towns and villages across the country,” states a release from the An Garda Síochána.
Recreational cannabis remains illegal in Ireland. Earlier this year, patients and advocates formed Patients for Safe Access, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the country’s medical cannabis laws and overcoming research barriers.
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