Gardai make yet another huge drugs seizure
After a bumper week for the authorities, another major quantity of drugs has been seized, this time in Cork.
The gardai have confirmed that yesterday the Cork City Divisional Drug Unit stopped and searched two males, aged 33 and 35, in Togher.
During the search two oz's of heroin (subject to analysis) with an approximate street value of €8,000 were seized.
Both males were taken to Togher Garda station where they are being detained under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice(Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 as amended.
During a follow search of a property in Blarney, Gardaí discovered 3/4 of a kilo of Heroin (subject to analysis) with an approximate street value of €110,000, and a quantity of cocaine (subject to analysis) with an approximate street value of €1,000 was also seized.
Another man, aged 35, was arrested and is being detained at Gurranabraher Garda station under the provisions of section 2 of the Criminal Justice( Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
The seizure follows a huge week for the gardai, who had already seized almost €2m in drugs this week.
The seizures were a part of a series of raids carried out across the country, and includes operations in Dublin, Louth and Meath.
Speaking at a press briefing at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park yesterday, Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) said that the operations were a "significant blow against organised crime".
The DOCB raids were carried out along with members of the newly formed Special Crime Task Force, which was launched last month to combat organised crime in the Dublin region as well as other areas on the East Coast.
Det Supt Howard said that the raids were being treated as four separate instances, and said that other operations targeting the "underbelly" of criminal gangs in the capital were ongoing.