Tuesday 16 October 2018

Man arrested after gardaí seize firearm and €1m worth of drugs during raid

Sawn-off shotgun recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana
Sawn-off shotgun recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana
Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana
Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana

A man has been arrested during a search operation targeting criminal activity in the midlands.

Gardaí seized cocaine & cannabis with a combined estimated value in excess of €1m and recovered a firearm along with ammunition during an operation in County Offaly.

The search was carried out as part of ongoing investigations into organised criminal activity in the midlands.

It was carried out at a house, sheds and lands near Geashill on Thursday evening.

Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana
Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana

During the search Gardaí recovered large quantities of cocaine and cannabis herb along with an amount of suspected amphetamine.

A sawn-off shotgun nd large numbers of cartridges and rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana
Cocaine and cannabis were recovered during the raid. Pic: An Garda Siochana

A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, 1996 at Tullamore Garda Station.

The operation was led by the Laois/Offaly Drugs unit assisted by local Garda units based in Tullamore.

The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.

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