Four in court over multi-million euros drugs seizures

Criminal court complex in Dublin, housing the Special Criminal Court
Image caption The accused were brought before Dublin District Court for two separate hearings on Saturday

Four people have appeared in a Dublin court after police seized drugs worth millions of euros in two separate raids in the Republic of Ireland.

They included a man and a woman from England, arrested over an 18kg heroin seizure in County Louth on Thursday.

Patrick Forde and Susan Browne, both of Arlesey, Bedfordshire, were remanded in custody over the 3m euros (2.4m) haul.

Separately, two Columbian men appeared in court over cocaine worth 2.2m euros (£1.8m) found at a house in Dublin.

David Sanchez and Pedro Ruiz, both of no fixed address, were arrested at the scene of the drugs seizure on Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook, on Thursday night.

Mr Sanchez, 27, and 37-year-old Mr Ruiz were both charged with possession of 32kg of cocaine for sale or supply under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The pair were remanded in custody at Dublin's Cloverhill Prison to appear again in court on Wednesday.

Mr Forde was also remanded to the same prison and is due to return to court on the same date.

Ms Browne has been detained at the Dóchas Centre in Dublin's Mounjoy Prison and is expected to appear back in court on Tuesday.

The UK pair were charged after police searched a lorry on the M1 toll plaza near Drogheda, County Louth.

Another man is still being questioned in Drogheda Garda Station in connection with the M1 heroin haul.