Gardaí have recovered a firearm and a quantity of drugs, which were discovered buried in a wasteland on the Canal Road in Portarlington today.
A search was conducted in the area this afternoon at 1pm as part of an intelligence led operation.
The firearm, a magazine and ammunition were discovered wrapped in plastic and buried on the site.
A glass jar containing a quantity of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of €6,000 was also recovered from the site.
The firearm was confirmed safe by Gardaí and brought to Portarlington Garda Station.
Investigations are continuing.
This discovery follows on from a gun being found on Monday near Portlaoise.
A man in his 30s was found with a Glock handgun outside Portlaoise this afternoon.
”As part of an intelligence led operation conducted by Gardaí in Portlaoise attached to the District Detective Unit and District Drugs Unit, a car was stopped early this afternoon Monday 6th July, 2020 on the M7 at Clonkeen, Portlaoise,” said a statement from the guards.
“Gardaí carried out a search of the car and a Glock 17 handgun with ammunition was found and seized.”
Gavin Matelko, with an adresss in Charleville in Cork, was charged at Tullamore District Court on Wednesday morning. He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on July 15.