Raids net €60k worth of cannabis

Thai drugs smuggled into Tralee disguised in parcels of linen

Simon Brouder

Revenue officers have seized around €60,000 worth of cannabis following a series of raids on homes in Tralee.

The drugs - which are thought to have originated in Asia - were apparently mailed or couriered into the county.

Last Friday morning (March 9) in what was described as a "an intelligence led operation", officers from Revenue along with members of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, and the Tralee Garda Drugs Unit raided a number of properties

In the course of the raids Revenue officers seized three kilos of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €60,000. Gardaí said the operation was part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug importations in Tralee.

A garda pokesperson said that the operation was conducted at a number of residential addresses in Tralee town.

It is thought that seized drugs - which had been concealed in parcels of household linen - originated in Thailand.

As part of the investigation, Gardaí arrested two men, aged 43 years and 27 years.

The men were brought to Tralee Garda Station for questioning and were detained for a time under Section 2 of The Criminal Justice Drugs Trafficking Act 1996.

A Garda spokesperson told The Kerryman that investigations are continuing with a view to prosecutions arising from the seizures.