Sunday 9 December 2018

Cocaine finds in North Cork

Gardai are to prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions after releasing without charge two men arrested for questioning about two drugs seizures worth €40,000 in North Cork over the weekend.

Gardai recovered €10,000 worth of cocaine thrown from a car on a road in Curraghgorm outside of Mitchelstown at around 10pm on Friday night. They later arrested two men in their 20s after pursuing and stopping a car.

The two men, who are both from the Mitchelstown area, were arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act which allows detention for up to 24 hours and they were brought to Fermoy Garda Station for questioning.

Detectives carried out a number of follow up searches on Saturday morning and found another €30,000 worth of cocaine hidden at a house in the Mitchelstown area. Both stashes of the drug have been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis.

Gardaí questioned both men throughout Saturday and they were released without charge at around 9pm on Saturday. A garda spokesman confirmed that file will be prepared for the DPP.

An informed garda source hailed the weekend seizures as significant, saying it had dealt a major blow to a North Cork drugs gang who have been involved in the supply and distribution of drugs in the area for around two years.