GARDAÍ made a €350,000 heroin seizure in the city just hours before the Taoiseach was warned that Cork is on the brink of an uncontrollable heroin epidemic.
Cork's heroin crisis was highlighted in the Dáil today, less than 24 hours after one of the largest heroin seizures of the year on Patrick's Street.
A man arrested in connection with the 2.5-kilo seizure is thought to have been acting as a courier to deliver the drug.
He is from County Cork, aged his 30s, and was detained at the Bridewell garda station in connection with the haul.
The drug is believed to have arrived in the city in recent days and was destined for the local market.
It had already been split into individual bags when it was seized.
A small quantity of cocaine, with an estimated value of €2,000, was also seized in the operation.
Superintendent Michael Comyns appealed to the public for any information relating to drug dealing in Cork city.
He said: “We are always going to be concerned where there is heroin, and we have also seen of late that cocaine has also been dominant. No matter what drug it is, we will be doing our best to get it off the streets.”
Cork North Central TD Jonathan O'Brien raised Cork's heroin problem in the Dáil with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
He told the Taoiseach of the need for more gardaí in Cork, pointing out that just 69 of the 2,800 gardaí recruited since 2014 have been assigned to the city – less than 3%.
He said: “It is as simple as this - Cork is at the precipice when it comes to heroin use.
"The situation is already very bad but you cannot put the dealers out of business if you are not going to act. We need to hit the dealers now and hit them hard.
"A message needs to go out loudly and clearly - if you are involved in the supply of drugs you will be stopped and you will go to jail for a very long time. We break the heroin supply chain in Cork by breaking it at the source."
Earlier this year, there were two incidents where children found syringes – one in Togher and one on Grattan Street.
In another recent incident, a child found two wraps of heroin on a footpath in a Knocknaheeny housing estate.