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Operation Thor Gardaí seize €26K worth of cannabis and cocaine and make 33 arrests in Meath

Operation Thor, a two-day plan of action, took place from 7am on Friday 19th November until 4am on Sunday 21st in Meath

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More than €26,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine were seized as part of a garda operation in Meath last week.

Operation Thor, a two-day plan of action, took place from 7am on Friday 19th November until 4am on Sunday 21st in Meath.

The initiative was supported by the Eastern Region Armed Support Unit along with outside agencies.

Six planned drugs searches were conducted by the Divisional Drug Unit resulting in three Section 15 offences.

During the operation, a total of €26,495 worth of controlled drugs were seized, including €11,930 worth of cannabis, €14,565 worth of cocaine, and cash to the value of €1,615.

33 arrests were conducted for warrants, planned arrests, and drug detections resulting in 11 charges.

17 bench warrants were executed and 15 planned arrests were made, resulting in detections for 10 theft offences, one Road Traffic Act offence, 3 drugs offences, and one act of fraud.

Gardaí established 26 checkpoints, were 19 people and/or vehicles were searched, 5 vehicles were detained under Section 41, and 3 Road Traffic Act offences were detected.

Assistance was provided by Navan gardaí to the Taxi Regulator and 20 further vehicles were checked.

Operation Thor is designed to tackle the anticipated increase in the number of winter burglaries and associated criminal activity through targeted enforcement and preventative activity.

The initiative has successfully reduced the rate of winter burglaries since its introduction in 2015 and has led to a significant decline in property related crime.

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