A large number of anti-anxiety prescription tablets were seized by the West Cork Drugs Unit this morning in Skibbereen.
Three-hundred tablets, thought to be Valium and Limovan, which are believed to have been bought illegally online, were obtained following a search carried out on a man and woman.
Valium is known for its calming effect and Limovan is used to treat insomnia. Both pills can also be used to ease anxiety and stress.
These tablets are not recommended for long term use and can cause dependency and addiction.
The search was carried out by the West Cork Drugs Unit, assisted by Skibbereen Gardai̛ and the tablets are thought to be worth €900.
It is suspected that these tablets were purchased over the internet and delivered by post.
No arrests were made but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry. The tablets will now be forwarded for analysis and a file will be prepared for the DPP.
A Garda spokesperson urged anyone with information regarding illegal importation, sale or supply of prescription drugs to contact the authorities.
“It is illegal to purchase prescription medication on the internet. Tablets bought through the dark web or other illegal sources pose a real danger to the health of individuals who consume them as the exact makeup and content of the tablet is unknown. On previous occasions, this has resulted in death or caused severe health risks.
“Any person with any information on the illegal importation, sale or supply of prescription drugs should contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.”