The first-ever member of An Garda Síochána to win a prestigious anti-drug trafficking award is from Cork.
Detective Superintendent Séan Healy received a Medal for Distinction from the Maritime Analysis Operations Centre Narcotics (MAOC N).
MAOC N is an international law enforcement organisation based in Lisbon, and its role is to prevent illegal maritime drug trafficking into Europe.
It comprises of law enforcement and military personnel from seven European countries, including Ireland.
Each year, MAOC N presents a medal to individuals who have "displayed extraordinary commitment to the fight against international drug trafficking."
This year the MAOC N recognised the contributions of Detective Superintendent Healy.
Detective Superintendent Healy has been involved in the investigation of major drug importation cases into Ireland over the past 25 years.
His commitment, drive and successful operational activity has been recognised at an international level and he is regarded as an expert on Maritime Law.
Detective Superintendent Healy received the medal from the Director of MAOC N, Mr Michael O’ Sullivan, at a ceremony in Lisbon last night.
The ceremony was attended by law enforcement and dignitaries from the seven countries.
This year, the coordination of the interception of cocaine shipments from South America by MAOC N resulted in seizures totalling €1.8 billion from transnational organised crime groups. This led to the arrest of many significant people on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.
The award presented to Detective Superintendent Healy is the first such medal to be received by a member of An Garda Síochána.