Two men remain in custody following West Cork drug seizure

Two men remain in custody following West Cork drug seizure

€140,000 of suspected cannabis was seized as part of multi-agency operation in Cork and Dublin. Image: An Garda Siochana

TWO men remain in custody this morning in connection with a drugs seizure in west Cork.

The men were arrested as part of a joint operation yesterday targeting five addresses in Bantry, and one in Dublin.

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

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

The operation yesterday was a follow up operation to a seizure of more than €300,000 of cannabis in Bantry in January.

A business premises searched as part of the operation has been served with a closure order by the Environmental Health Service.

The FSAI has taken several samples for analysis under food safety legislation.

A garda spokesman 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 added: "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."

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