€161,000 cocaine haul found in search of house in Laois

A man in his early 20s has been arrested after gardai found cocaine with an estimated street value of €161,000 in Co Laois.

The drugs haul was discovered during a search of a house in the Patrick Street area of Portarlington on Saturday.

During the course of the operation, more than €7,000 in cash, mobile phones and other drug-related paraphernalia were also seized.

The man is currently detained at Portlaoise garda station under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

Investigations are continuing.

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