drug seizures

  • Gardai in Mayo have been aggressively targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs during 2018, with 51 detections so far this year - more than double last year's number.

    There have been 163 arrests in relation to the possession of drugs for personal use - up 46% on last year - while 14 people were detected cultivating drugs in 2018 - similar to last year's figure.

    The focus this year has particularly been on detecting those involved in the sale and supply of illegal drugs.

    That's according to the Chief Superintendent for the Mayo Garda division, Pat Diskin.

  • Gardai have confirmed that drugs and cash were seized following a number of searches in the Ballaghadereen and Ballinlough areas of Co Roscommon, following an intelligence-led operation.

    Gardai from Ballaghadereen, assisted by Castlerea Gardai, the Divisional Drugs Unit and the Garda Dog Unit, carried out a number of searches.

    Cocaine and cannabis worth about €3,300 were recovered, as well as a large amount of cash in one of the properties.

    One man in his mid-30's was arrested.




  • Gardai have made a number of seizures in recent days in the Claremorris and Swinford areas.

    Members of the Claremorris Community Engagement team discovered drugs, with an estimated value of €1,750, in undergrowth at Claremount in the town on Friday.

    Investigations are ongoing into the discovery.

    The following day, the Claremorris Divisional Unit seized cannabis with an estimated value of €4,000 during a planned search of a residence in Claremorris town.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a man in his 20s is assisting them with their enquiries and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    On Saturday morning, a house in Swinford was searched under warrant, and a small quantity of cannabis was seized.


    In addition, between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, there were three incidents where people were found in possession of drugs in the Claremorris and Ballindine areas.


    Superintendent Gabriel Moran says these discoveries have come about as part of ongoing work by the Divisional Drugs Unit, the Community Engagement Team, and the Roads Policing Unit.



  • Drugs worth in the region of €1.2 million euro have been seized in the Mayo Garda Division, since the Divisional Drugs Taskforce was expanded six months ago.

    In addition to the drugs, over €12,500 in cash was seized and about €30,000 in counterfeit currency has been removed from circulation.

    The Divisional Drugs Taskforce was expanded last December, providing more resources to tackle the sale and supply of drugs.

    Included in the seizures since then is the detection of five grow houses, ranging in value from €64,000 to €432,000 - which Gardai say have significantly disrupted the sale and supply of drugs across the Mayo Division.

    In all the recent cases where grow houses were detected, they occurred in rental properties.

    Landlords are advised to remain vigilant to the possibility that their properties may be used by criminals as grow houses.


  • A man was arrested in Ballina on Saturday, on suspicion of the sale and supply of drugs.

    The Mayo divisional drugs taskforce was on patrol in Ballina when they stopped a 21-year old man on a bicycle.

    He was found in possession of suspected cannabis to the value of €145, along with a weighing scales.

    The young man was questioned at Ballina Garda Station, and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

    Meanwhile, a number of raids were carried out in the Ballina area yesterday by the divisional drugs unit, assisted by local Gardai.

    At one property, two cannabis plants were found, to the value of €1600 euro, along with a small amount of suspected cannabis.

    In the second property searched in Ballina town, over €1,000 euro of suspected cannabis was discovered.

    A 28-year old man was arrested on suspicion of the sale and supply of drugs and was taken to Ballina Garda Station for questioning.

    At a search of a third property in the town, €4,000 worth of cannabis was found and a 23-year old man was arrested.

    The Divisional drugs taskforce also stopped a car in the Ballina town area, and recovered €280 euro of suspected cannabis hidden in the car.

    A 36-year old man was arrested on suspicion of the sale and supply of drugs, and was questioned at Ballina Garda Station.

    Gardai have confirmed that investigation files are being prepared in relation to all four men arrested in these incidents in Ballina, and will be forwarded to the DPP.

  • Gardaí  in Mayo seized more than €29,000 in suspected cannabis herb and cocaine and seized 15 vehicles as part of a policing operation conducted in the Mayo Garda Division over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    The joint operation was conducted from Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday, across the Mayo Garda Division and involved Gardaí from Mayo Roads Policing Unit, Regular Units, Drugs Units and Detective Units. 

    During the operation 25 searches were conducted under the Misuse of Drugs act. These resulted in the detection of a suspected cannabis grow house with an estimated value of €13,600 at a house in Achill. One person has been arrested in connection with this matter and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

    Furthermore two separate detections were made in the Westport district where suspected cannabis herb totalling €9,400 was seized. One person has been arrested in connection with one of these seizures, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

    A further drugs detection was made in Kiltimagh where suspected cocaine valued at € 6,200 was seized.

    All drugs seized are subject to forensic analysis.

     A further five people were found in possession of smaller quantities of suspected illegal drugs.

     During the operation a series of checkpoints were conducted throughout the division. This resulted in the seizure of 15 vehicles under road traffic legislation.

    There were two dangerous driving detections, one detection for drink driving and one detection for drug driving. A total of 51 other motoring offences were detected over the course of the bank holiday weekend.

    Chief Supt Tony Healy of the Mayo Garda Division spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about a busy and successful Bank holiday weekend for gardai in the county..



  • Three men remain in garda custody this morning  in connection with the seizure of drugs worth over 300,000 euro, in two locations in the Killasser / Swinford area on Saturday evening last.

    Two houses were searched following surveillance by the Divisional Drugs Unit. 

    Cannabis plants at different stages of growth were discovered.

    Three men, aged 44, 27 and 23 were arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation.

    They are being questioned at Ballina Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.