Gardaí from the Bantry Drugs Unit investigating the seizure of approximately €140,000 of suspected cannabis on October 12 have arrested a third person.
A woman in her 50s was arrested this afternoon and is currently detained at Bantry Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking Act) 1996.
On October 12, a multi-agency operation took place in Bantry and Dublin, led by Bantry District Drugs Unit, Cork West Divisional Drugs Unit, 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.
In an operation related to similar operations conducted in Bantry in January, 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.
Two men, aged in their 20s, who were arrested under the Misuse of Drugs Act were later released without charge and a file prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The searches on October 12 resulted in the seizure of approximately seven kilos of suspected cannabis valued at approximately €140,000.
In addition, a significant but as of yet unspecified amount of synthetic/psychoactive material was also seized.