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€1m drugs bust in Offaly

Thursday, 19th October, 2017 11:22am

€1m drugs bust in Offaly

Some of the drugs seized by gardai

Drugs with an estimated street value of €1m have been seized in Offaly as part of an investigation into organised crime in the Midlands.

Gardai have seized cocaine and cannabis and recovered a firearm and ammunition in a search operation near Geashill.

As part of ongoing investigations into organised criminal activity in the Midlands a search was carried out at a house, sheds and lands near Geashill yesterday (Wednesday) evening.

During the search Gardaí recovered large quantities of cocaine and cannabis herb along with an amount of suspected amphetamine. A shotgun (sawn-off) and large numbers of cartridges and rounds of ammunition were also recovered.


A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act, 1996 at Tullamore Garda Station. He can be held for up to seven days.

The operation was led by the Laois/Offaly Drugs unit assisted by local Garda units based in Tullamore.

The investigation is ongoing.


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