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€140,000 of suspected cannabis was seized as part of multi-agency operation in Cork and Dublin. Image: An Garda Siochana
€140,000 of suspected cannabis was seized as part of multi-agency operation in Cork and Dublin. Image: An Garda Siochana
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Cannabis seized in West Cork, closure order served on premises 

A CLOSURE order has been served on a premises in west Cork by the Environmental Health Service as part of a multi-agency drug operation in Bantry and Dublin.

€140,000 of suspected cannabis was also seized during the joint operation.

The operation today was led by Bantry District Drugs Unit, Cork West Divisional Drugs Unit, and Store Street District Drugs Unit, and assisted by the officers from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Customs, and the Environmental Health Service of the HSE.

A garda spokesperson said: "Five locations in Bantry and one in Dublin were searched in connection with the suspected importation, processing, and commercial sale of synthetic substances and controlled drugs. This operation is related to similar operations conducted in Bantry in January 2020."

He said that as a result of an inspection at one of the premises searched, the authorisied officers of the Environmental Health Service served a closure order under the FSAI Act. Official control samples were taken by FSAI authorised officers for analysis.

The garda spokesperson continued: "As part of today’s operation two men, aged in their 20s, were arrested for suspected offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act and are currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996, at Bantry Garda Station. "Searches today have resulted in the seizure of approximately 7 kilos of suspected cannabis valued at approximately €140,000 (subject to analysis). In addition a significant but as of yet unspecified amount of synthetic/psychoactive material has also been seized."