Friday 9 December 2016

Over €40k drugs seized arrests made as part of major drugs operation

40 people have been identified selling drugs as part of Operation Clave.

Published 28/11/2016 | 15:06

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Gardaí have made a number of arrests and seized cocaine worth an estimated €40,000 as part of major crackdown on drugs.

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On Sunday night, gardaí in the Kilkenny/Carlow area arrested two men after they were found in possession of cocaine with an estimated street value of €17,500.

During a follow-up search of two houses they discovered cocaine with a street value of €24,000.

Both men, aged 25 and 33, are currently being detained at Kilkenny Garda Station.

Gardaí and members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau had been carrying out a surveillance operation in Kilkenny city at the time.

Meanwhile, a number of people were arrested on Monday morning and are currently being detained at Kilkenny, Thomastown and Carlow Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

Gardaí in Kilkenny/Carlow Division arrested a further ten people (1 woman and 9 men) on November 29.

Operation Clave has been ongoing since February 2016 and gardaí have identified a total of fifty people selling illegal drugs in the Kilkenny/Carlow area.

There have been a total of 95 breaches of Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Sale and supply of controlled substances) since the operation began.

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