Thursday 22 March 2018

Booze seized from teens in bus raid

Anita Guidera

GARDAI mopped up when they swooped in on a coach carrying teenagers to a dance event and seized hundreds of euro worth of alcoholic drinks.

Just one of the 25 passengers on board the bus bound for Dublin's O2 arena on Tuesday was over the age of 18 but over 20 rucksacks crammed with booze were discovered on board.

The teens were on their way to the Dublin venue for a dance event featuring electro house DJ Deadmau5.

When the two gardai entered the mini bus at the Carraroe retail park in Sligo town at around 1.30pm they discovered hundreds of cans and bottles of beer.

They also seized naggins and quarts of spirits including vodka, whiskey, and rum, bottles of cider and dozens of bottles of Jagermeister.

The boot of the garda patrol car could scarcely contain the haul.

A garda source confirmed that gardai routinely inspect buses travelling to concerts and nightclubs as part of their crackdown on underage drinking.

Young teens are known to stack up on booze and head out of town in buses, often to non-alcoholic discos as far as 80km away.

He added that pubs near the venues where the discos were being held would often shut their doors and not allow the teenagers in.

Irish Independent

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