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'Steroids' found in city barracks after soldier turns violent

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'The suspected drugs have since been sent for testing and initial enquiries have led gardai to believe they may be steroids, as well as legal health supplements.' (stock photo)

'The suspected drugs have since been sent for testing and initial enquiries have led gardai to believe they may be steroids, as well as legal health supplements.' (stock photo)

'The suspected drugs have since been sent for testing and initial enquiries have led gardai to believe they may be steroids, as well as legal health supplements.' (stock photo)

Suspected steroids were found in a soldier's room after he became violent, lashed out and was hospitalised.

The soldier is now under investigation after the incident at a Dublin barracks.

No other individuals were involved.

The soldier's firearm was later recovered from his room.

Military police carried out a search of his room and found an unidentified substance, before alerting gardai.

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The suspected drugs have since been sent for testing and initial enquiries have led gardai to believe they may be steroids, as well as legal health supplements.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Defence Forces denied rumours that had circulated on social media that someone was threatened with a gun in the incident.

"At no stage was any individual threatened with a firearm," the spokesman said.

He added the matter was currently under investigation.

"Following a search on Friday night, a quantity of an as yet unidentified substance was discovered which was handed over to gardai for examination.

"A member of the Defence Forces was transferred to hospital for medical examination where he remains under medical care," he said.

A source told the Herald a small amount of damage was caused to property when the soldier initially became violent.

​"On August 31, military police contacted gardai stating they had found a quantity of suspected controlled substances in a military barracks," a garda spokesperson said.

"The substances were seized by gardai and brought to Rathmines Garda Station.

"The substances will be forwarded for forensic examination in due course."


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