Saturday 18 November 2017

Two charged after separate finds in Rosslare Harbour

Maria Pepper

HEROIN and cannabis worth over €2.7 million were seized by customs officers in separate hauls at Rosslare Harbour over the bank holiday weekend.

Heroin and cannabis worth over €2.7 million were seized by customs officers in separate hauls at Rosslare Harbour over the bank holiday weekend.

On Friday, the customs sniffer dog Ralph assisted in the detection of 10.26 kg of heroin hidden in a mercedes jeep.

The dog gave a positive reaction to the vehicle after it disembarked off a ferry from France.

The heroin has an estimated street value of €1.54 million, according to gardai.

A 63-year old man, Harm Kort from Hanikan in Belgium was arrested and questioned in connection with the find.

He was brought on Sunday morning to a special sitting of Gorey District Court where he was charged with drug trafficking offences.

The accused was remanded in custody to Clover Hill Prison.

Meanwhile, an illegal consignment of 60 kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €1.2 million was seized in the Europort on Saturday.

Two men in their twenties with addresses in Northern Ireland were arrested in relation to the discovery and detained at Wexford Garda Station under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

One of the men, Alan Agnew (22) of Moneymore, County Derry, was charged in connection with the seizure at a special sitting of Gorey District Court on Monday morning.

A file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to the second man who was released without charge.

Meanwhile, a cannabis 'grow house' was discovered in Kilmuckridge on Sunday afternoon.

Gardaí were called to the house at Chapelwood, Kilmuckridge at around 3.30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon where they seized a large amount of cannabis and arrested a man in his early 60s.

Upon searching the premises, Gardaí found a number of cannabis plants growing in the upstairs of the house. A Garda spokesperson has said that, subject to analysis, the plants have an estimated street value of around €240,000.

A single man in his 60s was arrested at the scene and taken to Enniscorthy Garda Station where he was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act of 1996.

The heroin find in Rosslare Harbour was welcomed by Wexford councillor Anthony Kelly of Sinn Fein who commended the Revenue Customs officers involved.

'This drug has been a cause of misery and death across this country and every effort must be made to eradicate it,' Cllr. Kelly said.

'We can't hide our heads in the sand and pretend that heroin is only a problem for cities like Dublin and Limerick. It has penetrated every town and village in Ireland.'

'Local politicians need to stop pretending that Wexford is somehow immune to its growth and take steps to combat the threat posed by this drug.'

Wexford People

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