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'This operation forms part of our continued efforts to disrupt the movements and activities of persons intent on causing harm in our communities'

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A joint operation involving the gardai and the PSNI on both sides of the border has resulted in the seizure of significant amounts of drugs as well as cars and smuggled kerosene. 

A number of raids were carried out on Thursday last with the aim of tackling organised crime in rural areas, gardai said.

Working as part of the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF), gardaí conducted a number of “high visibility” operations alongside the PSNI.

Searches conducted in the Sligo and Leitrim division resulted in the recovery of suspected heroin valued in excess of €61,000 at a location in Sligo and a further €7,700 in cocaine and cannabis at a premises in Sligo town, gardai revealed.

Gardaí, along with officials from Cavan and Monaghan County Councils Waste Enforcement Departments, also conducted a number of coordinated inspections at licensed scrap yards, car dismantlers and waste management facilities.

Six vehicles were seized under road traffic offences, while detections were made in respect of driving licence/insurance related offences and a number of fixed charge notices were issued.

“Customs officials, along with Gardaí in Cavan, Monaghan and Louth made seven detections in respect of marked mineral oil, discovered 1,000 litres of smuggled kerosene and also seized a vehicle for tax offences,” gardai added.

An operation by the Garda Dog Unit in the Dundalk District led to a man being arrested in relation to drug offences with €3,710 in cash and €1,600 of combined drugs seized.

In Donegal, the District Drugs Unit supported by Customs recovered a quantity of suspected cannabis following a search of a property in the Buncrana district.

Gardaí in Letterkenny focused on street dealing in the town with a number of detections made in relation to the possession of illegal drugs for personal use.

Detective Superintendent John O’Flaherty said gardai were “acutely aware” that rural crime has the potential to cause serious harm to local communities if left unchecked.

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“Together with our colleagues in the PSNI we are committed to taking a joint approach to protect and reassure communities on both sides of the border,” Detective Superintendent O’Flaherty said.

“This operation forms part of our continued efforts to disrupt the movements and activities of persons intent on causing harm in our communities and works to reduce and prevent criminal activity in border areas."

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