Gardaí seized approximately €36,000 of suspected cocaine and €800 in cash during searches in County Galway yesterday evening.

One man was also arrested as part of the operation.

At approximately 6:45pm, Gardaí from the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit stopped and searched a vehicle in the Oranmore Village area.

During the course of this search, approximately €8,000 of suspected cocaine and €800 in cash was seized by Gardaí.

€28,000 of suspected cocaine was later seized by Gardaí in a related follow up search in the area.

All drugs seized are subject to analysis.

A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with this seizure and detained at the North Western Regional Garda Headquarters in Galway under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

He has since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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