€80k drugs bust

Simon Brouder

Gardaí have seized around €80,000 worth of cannabis  following two morning raids on Tuesday.

Shortly after 10am on Tuesday morning, September 17, uniformed gardaí and detectives from the Kerry Divisional Drugs Unit raided two properties in the Mitchels area.

During the course of the search, cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately €80,000 was uncovered.  

A male in his 40s was arrested and detained for questioning at Tralee Garda Station under the provisions of Section Two of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act.

As the paper went to press on Tuesday evening (17th), the man remained in custody.

A Garda spokesperson said the searches followed an intelligence led operation which forms part of ongoing investigations  into the supply of illegal drugs in Tralee and its surrounding areas. The seized drugs are due to be forwarded to the State  Forensic Science Laboratory in Dublin for forensic examination and valuation.

While seizures of Cannabis herb and resin are relatively  common in Kerry, this is by far the largest amount uncovered in a single operation in Tralee in recent memory.

The last comparable seizure came in March 2018 when two men were arrested in Tralee with €60,000 worth of the drug.