Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While little-heralded, the significance of the battle the Naval Service is engaged in with international narcotics gangs cannot be overstated. In rece(...)

Perry Wharrie (53) was one of four men jailed in Ireland for their part in the bungled Dunlough Bay drug-smuggling operation off Mizen Head in West Cork in July 2007. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An Englishman given the longest ever sentence for drugs offences in the history of the state following a bungled cocaine smuggling operation off the W(...)

 Irish Navy ship LE Niamh with the yacht Makayabella in the foreground. Photograph: PA

A yacht at the centre of one of Ireland’s biggest ever drugs seizure is due to go for auction later this year and could fetch up to €100,000, accordin(...)

 A file image showing members of Spanish police   on the Lucky Day  in La Coruna harbour in  July 2007. Two men were arrested when the  catamaran  arrived at the port.

A man convicted and jailed for his part in the biggest drug seizure in the history of the State is in police custody in Spain after escaping from pris(...)