Motorway checkpoint in Cork nabs men with cocaine and cash

Motorway checkpoint in Cork nabs men with cocaine and cash
The M8 checkpoint near Fermoy

Gardaí arrested two men and seized €8,500 of suspected cocaine and €31,000 in cash following a checkpoint on the M8 Motorway in Fermoy yesterday. 

Gardaí from the divisional roads policing unit, with the assistance of detectives from Fermoy and the armed support unit, carried out a checkpoint on the M8 motorway at Strawhill, Fermoy.

At 1.30pm, Garda stopped and searched a car which was found to contain €31,000 in cash that had been hidden. 

Both occupants of the car were brought to Fermoy Garda Station for the purpose of a search but were not arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

Shortly after 2 pm Gardaí stopped and search a second car which was found to contact €8,500 of suspected cocaine. 

The suspected drugs were seized and will now be sent for analysis. 

Both occupants of the car, aged in their 20s and 50s, were arrested and brought to Fermoy Garda Station. 

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, also failed a roadside drug test. Both men are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act, 1996.

Speaking at Fermoy Garda Station, Chief Superintendent Thomas Myers said "Our roads policing units throughout the country are trying to reduce the deaths on our roads by enforcing road traffic legislation and raising awareness of road safety though school talks and our social media accounts. 

"But the roads policing units are also there to deny criminals the use of the road network and gather intelligence. They play a vital role in keeping our communities safe.”

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