Gardaí arrest 13 and seize €32k drugs as part of 'Project Banner'
Gardaí have arrested 13 people and seized drugs worth over €32,000 as part of a two-day crackdown on drug dealing in Co Clare.
A total of five planned searches were carried out at locations in Ennis and Shannon and gardaí say the drugs discovered included cocaine and cannabis.
The raids were part of Operation Thor – 'Project Banner' and are aimed at preventing crime, disrupting criminal activity, apprehending those wanted on warrant and "enhancing community relations in the Clare Garda Division".
Gardaí say man, aged in his 30s, was arrested when cocaine and cannabis was seized during a search of a house in Ennis. He was questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and later released without charge.
A total of six people were arrested under warrant made in respect of outstanding penal and bench warrants. And a further six arrests were made under the public order act following an incident in Ennis.
In a statement gardaí said checkpoints were carried out by Gardaí and Revenue Customs Service in the East Clare area aimed at intercepting and disrupting travelling criminal groups.
At the cordons crime prevention information was distributed to motorists.
Information stands were also set up at locations in Ennis and Killaloe where advice leaflets were distributed to the public.
The operation was conducted by Garda units based in the Clare Division assisted by a team of 24 trainee Gardaí from the Garda College Templemore.