Heroin seizures in Macroom and Fermoy
Gardai in Co Cork are to prepare files for the Director of Public Prosecutions following two unrelated seizures of quantities of heroin totalling over €20,000 in two separate operations at the weekend.
The first seizure was made on Friday night when gardai searched a house in Macroom and discovered €4,000 worth of heroin - which they believed was destined for the local market.
Detectives arrested a 32 year old man, who is originally from Ballincollig but who was visiting Macroom at the time, for questioning about the heroin stash found in the house.
The man was arrested under drug trafficking legislation and taken to Bantry Garda Station where he was questioned for several hours before being released on Saturday afternoon.
Gardai, who hailed the seizure as a significant blow to drug dealing in Macroom and the surrounding areas, will now prepare a file on the matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Meanwhile, gardai in Fermoy are also to prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the arrest of a 46 year old man and the recovery of €18,000 worth of heroin on Saturday.
The man, who is originally from Youghal, was one of three men questioned when Gardai stopped a car near Watergrasshill on the main Cork-Dublin Road at around 1.30am on Saturday morning.
The man was brought to Fermoy Garda Station where he was searched and gardai recovered €18,000 worth of heroin which has been sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis.
The man was detained under Section 2 of the Drugs Trafficking Act which allows gardai hold suspects for up to seven days for questioning but he was released without charge on Saturday afternoon.
A garda spokesman said that gardai would now prepare a file on the matter for the Director of Pubic Prosecutions pending the results of analysis on the drugs from Forensic Science Ireland.