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Man charged after €70,000 of heroin was found in his jacket at a Covid-19 checkpoint

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A man has been charged in Cork after he was stopped at a routine Covid-19 checkpoint where €70,000 worth of heroin was found in his jacket.

The man was stopped at a coronavirus travel monitoring checkpoint yesterday, on the M8 motorway in Fermoy, Co Cork.

Shortly after midnight, Gardaí from the Fermoy district stopped a car while conducting a Covid-19 checkpoint on the M8 at Gortore.

The passenger in the car, a man in his 30s, was searched and was found to be in possession of €70,000 of suspected heroin in his jacket, divided into four large bags.

The drugs seized have been sent for technical analysis.

The man was arrested at the scene and brought to Fermoy Garda Station where he was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

He has since been charged and is due to appear before the courts at a later date.

Speaking at Fermoy Garda Station, Superintendent John Deasy said "During these Covid-19 checkpoints, An Garda Síochána continues in a phase of engaging, educating and encouraging the public to be compliant with Government and HSE public health measures.

"Whilst we are doing that, we are also preventing and detecting crime at this challenging time."

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