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North Kerry man arrested over Cork drugs seizure

A North Kerry man was arrested in Cork City on Thursday in connection to the discovery of over €3,000 in cocaine, cannabis and ketamine during a search of a car by gardaí.

Meanwhile, three men from North Kerry were questioned by gardaí in a follow- up search of a house in the Bishopstown area in which another €1,000-worth of the drug ketamine was uncovered.

Gardaí effected the arrest of the North Kerry man after he was stopped driving a car on the South Ring Road of the city on Thursday night at around 10pm while they were patrolling the road.

In the subsequent search of the car gardaí discovered and seized €1,000-worth of cocaine, €1,400-worth of cannabis and €800-worth of ketamine, a drug chiefly used as a veterinary tranquiliser which has gained popularity as a club drug. The drugs were hidden in the boot of the car.

He was arrested at the scene and brought to Togher Garda Station for questioning before being released without charge.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions on the matter.

Meanwhile, gardaí discovered and seized another €1,000-worth of ketamine in the follow-on raid of a house in the Bishopstown area. A small amount of prescription drugs were also discovered at the house. Three men from North Kerry were present in the house but were not arrested in relation to the garda probe.