• 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.

  • €102,000 worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb was seized by Gardai in Ballina yesterday.

    As part of an intelligence led operation targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs Gardaí attached to the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit carried out searches of two premises in Ballina town shortly before 5pm yesterday (Tuesday).

     During the course of the search of a derelict property, Gardaí seized suspected cocaine valued at €70,000 and suspected cannabis herb valued at €20,000.

     During the second search, which was at a house, Gardaí seized suspected cocaine with a value of €9,500 and cannabis valued at €2,700.

     All drugs seized will be sent for analysis to Forensic Science Ireland.

    Various other items consistent with the sale and supply of drugs were also seized including a vacuum packer and weighing scales.

    No arrests have been made to date.

    However, Chief Garda Supt for Mayo Tony Healy says he is confident that arrests will follow.

    Speaking to Midwest News today he said the clear message for anyone involved in the sale of illegal drugs in the county is that the gardai are well resourced and committed to tackling the crime, whether the amount on sale is large or small.

    He also thanked the general public for their assistance in alerting gardai to suspicious activity.


    Gardai seized cannabis and cocaine from four people in Ballina on St Patrick’s Day.

    Gardai searched the four men on the street in the town on Saturday and discovered the illegal substances.

    In a separate incident, a man was arrested on Friday evening last after he was found in possession of cannabis. The drugs were discovered in his car after it was stopped and searched during a planned garda operation in the Foxford area.

    The man was arrested for questioning. He was later released without charge but a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Cocaine with an estimated street value of €7000 was seized following the search of a house in Ballina last week.

    A private house in the Dillon Terrace area of the town was searched under warrant by local Gardaí on December 23, where cocaine was seized along with drug paraphernalia.

    One male was arrested and detained under an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act related to the sale and supply of drugs. The man was subsequently released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Gardai seized an estimated €1100 worth of drugs at four addresses in Claremorris town in search operations yesterday evening.

    These intelligence led searches resulted in the recovery of quantities of drugs believed to be cocaine, speed, and cannabis at two of the addresses searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    Gardaí also seized drugs related paraphernalia including scales and deal bags and a small amount of cash.

    Gardai have appealled to anyone with information on those dealing drugs in Claremorris , Ballinrobe , Ballyhaunis, Kiltimagh or Swinford areas to pass this information  to their local Gardaí or call Claremorris Garda Station on 0949372080, the Mayo Drugs Squad, or The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111”.

    Superintendent Gabriel Moran said that Gardaí will continue to use powers under the Drugs Act to search individuals and where intelligence supports this we will execute further search warrants.

    He highlighted that Mayo Roads Policing Unit have vehicles equipped with on the spot drug driving testing machines where the suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs exists.

    If you or a family member are affected by drugs addiction issues help is available from a range of services locally and nationally. This help can be accessed through your GP or you can see details on the National Drugs advice webpage

    Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

  • Large quanties of drugs and cash were seized by gardai in Ballina and Foxford over the weekend.

    On Friday night, the Divisional Drugs Task Force assisted by local gardai in Ballina searched two men in their early 20s in the town centre who were acting suspiciously.

    Gardaí found approximately €900 of cocaine and €200 in cash on one of the men.

    A further search of his home in the town under warrant later on Friday night recovered more cocaine to the value of €700.

    On the second male, cocaine with a value of over €2,000 and cannabis with a value of more than €400 was recovered.

    Both men were arrested and taken to Ballina Garda Station and a file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    On Saturday night, the Divisional Drugs Task Force and local uniformed Gardaí carried out a search under warrant at a residence in the town of Foxford at 10pm. They recovered cannabis to the value of €2,000, cocaine to the value of €700 and over €8,000 in cash.

    A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene and interviewed and a file will be submitted to the DPP.

    Then yesterday (Sunday) evening a pedestrian alerted gardai to something hidden in a ditch in the Foxford area. Gardai investigated and discovered an estimated 5,000 euro worth of cannabis and investigations are continuing.


  • Gardai across the western region were on patrol throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend.

    As part of the Easter Bank Holiday Roads Policing Operation, gardaí from Castlebar detected a Learner Driver driving unaccompanied. The learner driver subsequently tested positive for cocaine.