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Operation Tara Man released following €30,000 seizure of suspected cocaine in Tuam

Gardai said these seizures form part of Operation Tara - an enhanced national anti-drugs strategy

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Part of the drug bust in Tuam

Part of the drug bust in Tuam

Part of the drug bust in Tuam

A man has been released without charge following the seizure of €30,000 worth of suspected cocaine in Tuam, Co Galway yesterday. 

Gardai conducted two searches under Operation Tara which involved members of the Galway Divisional Drugs unit, assisted by the Tuam Crime Unit, after stopping a vehicle on the outskirts of the town shortly before 5pm.

During the search, cocaine worth €20,000 (pending analysis) was located concealed inside the vehicle.

Gardaí conducted a follow up raid at a house in Tuam town and discovered a further €10,000 worth of suspected cocaine.

A man in his early 20s was arrested and detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Tuam Garda Station yesterday.

He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution.

Gardai said these seizures form part of Operation Tara an enhanced national anti-drugs strategy, which was launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on July 2, 2021

“ The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels - international, national, local - involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs,” gardai said.

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