• Drugs worth over 100-thousand euro have been seized following the search of a house in County Roscommon.

    A woman in her 30s has been arrested by gardai investigating the discovery.

    40 cannabis plants, cannabis herb and a small amount of cocaine were found after a house was searched in the Lanesborough area yesterday.

    The woman arrested is being detained at Roscommon Garda Station.

  • Gardai in Mayo seized more than 16,000 euro worth of drugs and one man was arrested, following searches of a number of houses in Castlebar, Ballina and Westport over the last number of days.

    The searches were all carried out under warrant by the members of the Divisional Drugs Task Force working with local gardai and detectives.

    On Sunday last a house in Castlebar town was searched and 1900 euro worth of cannabis herb was recovered.  No one was arrested, however, a person in their early 20s is assisting gardai with their enquiries.

    Then on Monday night last, Bank Holiday Monday, a house in Ballina town was searched and a number of cannabis plants, cannabis herb and a small quantity of cocaine was recovered, with an estimated street value of 13,300 euro. A man in his forties was arrested. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    On Tuesday two houses in a rural area of Castlebar were raided. In one house, gardai recovered 500 euro worth of cannabis herb. A male in his 40s is assisting gardai in their enquiries.

    In the second home, 300 euro worth of cannabis herb was found. A male in his fifties is assisting gardai in their enquiries.

    Then on the same day, in a rural area of Westport, a house was searched and 500 euro worth of cannabis herb was recovered.

    In this case two youths, under 18 years of age, are assisting gardai in their enquiries.

    Investigations are continuing in all these cases.




  • A 56- year old Polish man, who operated a large scale, sophisticated, cannabis growhouse in south Mayo, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar today.

    Almost 300 cannabis plants with a street value of €237,600 was discovered by gardai when they raided a house at Ballinchalla, The Neale, which was being rented by Mariek Asijewski.

    He pleaded guilty at a court in January to the possession of cannabis with intent to supply and to the cultivation of cannabis.

    At today's sentencing hearing, Garda Nicola Dolan said the discovery of the growhouse, following a search under warrant on April 5 2017, was the most significant drugs find ever in the Mayo Garda division.

    The ESB meter in the house was bypassed in order to provide free electricity for the growhouse operation.

    The court heard cannabis plants were discovered growing in two upstairs bedrooms, a downstairs bedroom and in an attic space, the court heard.

    Sentencing Mr. Asijewski to a total of three years in prison, Judge Rory MacCabe said he had been part of a significant drugs enterprise.

    The judge backdated the sentence to take account of the 13 months he has already spent in prison since his arrest.

    The judge made an order for the destruction of the drugs seized.



  • Gardaí have detained two Lithuanian Nationals following the discovery of a grow house during an operation in Leitrim targeting cannabis cultivation.

    The grow house was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.

    Two men aged 49 and 22 years were arrested during the operation. Both are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.

    The operation was led by Gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU). An examination of the site is continuing.

  • A Lithuanian man living in Co Roscommon, who claims he learned how to grow cannabis from watching YouTube videos, has been jailed for a year.

    Roscommon Circuit Court heard that Daivaras Petrauska told Gardai he set up a grow house in Boyle to create a supply of cannabis for his personal use. 

    A total of 72 plants were discovered in the rented house by officers following a search.

    The 30 year old from Lithuania had pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis at an earlier court sitting. 


  • Roscommon Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed a 5 year pilot programme allowing access to cannabis-based products for medical use.

    The Medicinal Cannabis Access programme was launched yesterday by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris after signing legislation for its operation.

    The Fine Gael senator says it’s a significant milestone and he is pleased that the Minister has launched the programme, which will help the lives of many families across the country.

    The scheme will allow access to medical cannabis for patients with the following conditions: Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis; Intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and severe, refractory (treatment-resistant) epilepsy.

    On announcing the pilot scheme, Minister Harris said it will ultimately be the decision of the medical consultant, in consultation with their patient, to prescribe a particular treatment, including a cannabis-based treatment, for a patient under their care.

  • 40,000 euro worth of cannabis was seized by gardai in a planned operation in Ballina town yesterday (Monday) evening.

    Gardai attached to Ballina garda station stopped a number of vehicles on the Sligo Road in Ballina yesterday, Bank Holiday Monday.

    As a result, four people were arrested and a significant quantity of cannabis was seized, with an estimated street value in excess of 40,000 euro.

    Two people remain in garda custody this morning, they are still being questioned at Ballina garda station.

    Gardai say this operation is part of the Thor operation that fights against organised crime and drug dealing in the Ballina / North Mayo area. Gardai have described the seizure as a severe blow to those involved in drug dealing in the north Mayo area.

    Yesterday’s operation was part of a number of searches over the weekend under operation Thor and included the seizure of a significant quantity of fireworks destined for the Ballina area.