Gardaí foil Ballybunion Bank Holiday drugs supply

Dónal Nolan

Over €12,000-worth of illegal drugs seized by gardaí in Ballybunion on Sunday were bound for the immediate Bank Holiday market in the resort.

Gardaí believe they foiled what was one of the main supplies of drugs, locally, when they carried out a series of raids on houses in the town on Sunday.

Gardaí from the Kerry Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by Ballybunion and Listowel gardaí, seized €12,500-worth of illegal drugs in total in four searches.

The searches were mounted arising from investigations into the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the town; where the population swells in the summer months amid throngs of visitors.

Cannabis plants accounted for the largest part of the haul with gardaí discovering an estimated €11,200-worth of the drug.

Cocaine to an estimated value of €700 was seized as well as cultivated cannabis to an estimated value of €600.

No arrests were made during Sunday's raids but gardaí say they are following a definite line of enquiry in the investigation, with a file to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter.