East European national arrested by Gardai following €500,000 drug seizure
AN EAST European national was arrested by Gardai following a €500,000 drug seizure in Cork.
The cannabis haul was discovered by gardai after they raided a premises at Tarelton, outside Macroom, on Monday evening.
Gardai, supported by the Cork Drugs Unit and Macroom detectives, seized an estimated 70kgs of cannabis resin and cannabis plants at the property which was being rented.
Gardai had been monitoring a number of properties in the mid Cork area and the Tarelton property was searched on the basis of specific intelligence.
A man in his 30s, understood to be a Polish national, was detained and taken to Macroom Garda Station for questioning under Misuse of Drugs regulations.
He can be held for an initial period of 48 hours which can be extended for up to seven days.
Samples of the drugs are now being sent to the State Laboratory for testing.
However, the drugs are believed to have a street value of around €500,000.
The bulk of the seizure involved cannabis resin.
Gardai are convinced the drugs were destined for the local Cork market.
The seizure represents the largest haul of cannabis interdicted by gardai in Cork this year.
Gardai refused to rule out further follow-up raids following the Tarleton seizure.
The property where the drugs were discovered was extremely remote.
A file on the matter will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).