€70,000 of suspected heroin seized in Cork during Covid-19 checkpoint

€70,000 of suspected heroin seized in Cork during Covid-19 checkpoint
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A MAJOR heroin seizure has been made during a checkpoint operation in Fermoy.

An estimated €70,000 of the drug was seized in the operation in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A man has now been charged in connection with the haul and the drug has been sent away for analysis to establish purity and exact value.

"Shortly after midnight, Gardaí from the Fermoy District stopped a car while conducting a Covid-19 checkpoint on the M8 at Gortore," a garda spokesman said. 

"The passenger in the car, a man in his 30s, was searched and was found to be in possession of €70,000 of suspected heroin in his jacket, divided into four large bags."

The man was arrested at the scene and brought to Fermoy Garda Station where he was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

He has since been charged and is due to appear before the courts at a later date.

Speaking at Fermoy Garda Station, Superintendent John Deasy said "During these Covid-19 checkpoints, An Garda Síochána continues in a phase of engaging, educating and encouraging the public to be compliant with Government and HSE public health measures. 

"Whilst we are doing that, we are also preventing and detecting crime at this challenging time.” 

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