It was part of an investigation into organised crime

A man arrested after raids in Dublin city earlier today has been released without charge.

Officers carried out a total of seven searches of premises in the city centre.

They were targeting criminality associated with organised crime.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking - following a seizure of heroin.

But he's been released without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

A number of encrypted communications devices were also seized during the searches.

Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll said the operation is evidence of the Gardaí's "unrelenting efforts to dismantle organised crime groups that are involved in drug trafficking" and who are attempting to "murder particular people".

Additional reporting: Jack Quann