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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Taser disguised as phone among weapons seized in north Cork raid

The cache of weapons seized by Gardaí during Saturday’s search of a house in the Castlemagner area
The cache of weapons seized by Gardaí during Saturday’s search of a house in the Castlemagner area

Bill Browne

A taser like device disguised as an i-phone was among more than a dozen weapons that were seized along with a suspected cannabis plant during a raid at a house in north Cork over the weekend.

Shortly before 3pm last Saturday Gardaí from the area executed a search warrant at a house in the Castlemagner area, seizing the cache of weapons and the suspected drugs during the operation.

The weapons seized included six flick knives, three knuckle dusters, a knife/knuckleduster combination and three tasers, including the one disguised as an innocuous looking mobile phone.  The cannabis plant, which Gardaí said was worth an estimated €800, has been sent for analysis.

A Garda spokesperson said that while there were no arrests made following the seizure, Gardaí are preparing file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and their investigation was ongoing.  The spokesperson described the discovery of the taser disguised as a mobile phones as a significant find.

"This is something of great concern to Gardaí as this is a particularly nasty weapon that can cause serious injury if used on an individual," said the spokesperson.

They said another similar style weapon had been previously seized in the Dublin area and there was a further instance where a taser was disguised as an ordinary looking hand torch.

"This is a way of getting around legislation prohibiting the possession of tasers in the hope that it would throw of Gardaí during searches. However, we are fully aware that these things are not always as innocent as they might first appear, as shown by last Saturday's seizure."

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