A tazer gun disguised as a mobile phone, a large quantity of fireworks, replica guns, suspected drugs and cash were among items seized by Gardaí following searches of two houses in Mallow last Friday (4th).
In an intelligence driven operation, Gardaí from the Mallow District Unit, assisted by local officers and the Southern Region Dogs Unit, executed search warrants at both premises in the town under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
During the course of the search at the first house Gardaí seized 490 fireworks, an airsoft replica handgun, pepper spay, the tazer masked as a mobile phone and a machete.
Small quantities of suspected cocaine, cannabis herb and diazepam along with weighing scales and €400 in cash were also seized from the house.
The search of the second house unearthed a small quantity of cannabis herb, €1,750 in cash, a legally held rifle, ammunition and a further five airsoft replica firearms, some of which are believed to be over the legal limit of 1 joule. Airsoft guns are replicas weapon used in sports that generally fire a plastic type projectile making them safer for recreational use. A joule is the unit used to measure muzzle velocity and airsoft imitation weapons with a muzzle energy of less than a joule are not classed as firearms and do not need a firearms certificate.
A Garda spokesperson said it is an offence to possess a realistic firearm in a public place 'without lawful authority or reasonable excuse' that can carry penalties including up to five years in prison.
The spokesperson said that all of the seized firearms have been sent for ballistic examination and the suspected drugs sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
"No arrests have been made but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry," they added.