Gardaí have seized various drugs valued at approximately €178,000 and over €9,500 in cash, and arrested two people, following a search operation conducted in the early hours of Saturday morning, 9th January 2021.
At approximately 2am, Gardaí stopped a vehicle while on patrol on the Skerries Road in Rush, Co. Dublin. A search of the vehicle and its occupant was conducted with assistance from the Balbriggan District Drugs Unit.
During the course of the search, suspected cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €46,000 was seized as well as cash to the value of €9,530. A male, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene and taken to Balbriggan Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.
Following this seizure, a number of searches were conducted under warrant, at residences in Rush, Baltinglass and Blessington, Co. Wicklow on Saturday, 9th January 2021. During the course of these searches six large vacuum packed packages of suspected cannabis with an estimated street value of €121,000 was seized. Smaller quantities of cannabis (€5,500), MDMA (€3,000) and cocaine (€2,500) were also seized. All drugs will now be sent for analysis.
A second male, aged in his 20s, was arrested and is currently detained in Ballymun Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.
Both men arrested in relation to these seizures have since been charged and the first man (20s) is due to appear before Swords District Court tomorrow morning, Monday 11th January, 2021 at 10.30a.m. The second man (20s) arrested is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Court number 1 tomorrow morning, Monday 11th January, 2021 at 10.30a.m.