Saturday 25 November 2017

Over €8,000 worth of MDMA seized ahead of college students' Rag Week

The substance is known to contain methylamphetamine (MDMA Ecstasy) and paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA)
The substance is known to contain methylamphetamine (MDMA Ecstasy) and paramethoxymethamphetamine (PMMA)
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Over €8,000 worth of ecstasy powder, which was destined for sale during Galway’s unofficial Rag Week has been intercepted by gardai.

Officers stopped a car on the M6 motorway last night which was carrying €8,400 worth of MDMA.

Two men were arrested and held overnight. They have since been released and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Gardai in Galway say they believe the drugs were destined for sale to students flocking into the city for the unofficial Rag Week next week.

“It is our belief these drugs were attended for Rag Week. We want to put a warning out there to people coming to Galway for Rag Week. If they take drugs like this they just don’t know what they are taking. These drugs could cause huge damage,” said Sgt Peter Conlon of Galway Garda Station.

Sgt Conlon said the city was expecting a significant influx of students from around the country next week. He said a “very comprehensive” garda operation was in place for the entire week.

“Starting from next Monday we will have added manpower with additional gardai on duty in the city centre and a special operation will be in place for the week.

“We’ve been in touch with the various colleges asking them to get the message out to students that a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour will be taken,” he added.

The drugs find occurred after gardai stopped the car on the Westbound lane of the M6 at Cappataggle at 5pm yesterday. It was part of an ongoing garda operation by the Garda Divisional Drugs Unit.

Two men were arrested. The men are both foreign nationals in their 30s and 40s who are living in Galway.

They were held overnight at Galway garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The MDMA has been forwarded to the garda forensic science laboratory for examination.

Sgt Conlon said the outcome of these tests will form the basis for a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Galway’s Rag Week was officially abolished in 2011 however, a number of groups continue to promote events in the city throughout the unofficial celebrations.

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