• 14,000 euro of cannibis was seized by gardai on Achill Island yesterday evening.

    The Mayo Divisional Drug Unit assisted by local Gardai searched a house under warrant on the island and seized a quantity of cannabis with an estimated street value of 14000 euro.

    A man was arrested and detained for questioning at Castlebar Garda station last night.

    He has been released without charge pending a file being sent to the DPP.

    Gardai wish to thank the public for their assistance in combating drug dealing and crime in the Mayo division and have reiterated the need for public assistance in combating crime and are reassuring the public that any information given to Gardai is treated confidentially.

  • 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.

  • €100,000 euro worth of drugs has been seized in Co Roscommon.

    The cannabis was recovered after a Garda operation in Ballyleague yesterday.

    The discovery was made as part of an investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Roscommon area.

    There have been no arrests and investigations are ongoing.

  • Gardai have seized €2,000 worth of drugs in two separate searches in the Claremorris area.

    In an operation based on information received by Community Engagement Gardaí, uniform members from Claremorris Garda Station carried out a search in the Grattan Park Area of Claremorrislast Thursday. As a result of this intelligence led search a number of deals of suspected cannabis herb were recovered with an estimated value of €1,000.

    Enquiries are ongoing of the drugs seized with a view to linking them to the person or persons involved in the suspected sale or supply of these drugs in the Claremorris area.

    In a separate search on Saturday, Gardaí from the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit supported by members of the Community Engagement Team from Claremorris Garda Station carried out an intelligence led search of a house near the town centre in Claremorris.

    A search warrant issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 was executed by at a residential address in Claremorris Town. Gardaí seized controlled drugs believed to be approximately 100 ecstasy tablets with estimated value of €1,000 (subject to analysis).

    Following the search a male aged 41 was interviewed in relation to offences of Possession of Drugs for Sale or Supply with regard to the items recovered and a file will be prepared for submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    These intelligence led operations are part of the ongoing work of Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit targeting those involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs across the Mayo Division working alongside local Community Engagement Gardaí.

    The Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit has recently been enhanced with increased number of Gardaí and are part of the Mayo Crime Hub. Gardaí in Claremorris Community Engagement Area and Across the Mayo Division are committed to following up on information both from the local community and from national units to take drugs off the streets of Mayo and arrest and prosecute those involved in their sale and supply in our communities.

  • The battle against illegal drugs should be the number one priority for Gardai in Co Mayo - that's according to Ballinrobe-based Councillor Damien Ryan, who claims towns and villages across Co Mayo are "awash with drugs", and says Garda resources and equipment need to focus on drug detection.

    The issue was debated today's meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee in Castlebar.

    Those in attendance also heard about plans to merge the Mayo Garda Division with Roscommon and Longford, under the restructuring of the force nationwide.

    Councillor Damien Ryan told Midwest News that, while further details still have to be agreed, he's concerned about the geographical spread of the new Garda Division, from Belmullet to Edgeworthstown.



  • Drugs and a significant amount of cash were seized by Gardai in the Castlebar area over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News today that the drugs find was made after a car was stopped in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Islandeady area.

    The street value of the drugs believed to be cocaine and cannabis herb is in the region of €2,000.

    In a follow up search at a house in Castlebar further drugs were discovered.

    Also a sum of money – in the region of €4,000 – was confiscated.

    A man was arrested and held at Castlebar Garda Station for questioning.

    He was released around 6 p.m on Saturday evening.

    A file has been sent for the DPP.

  • One man has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballaghaderreen.

    The cocaine worth in the region of €35,000, was found at a residential address in Ballaghaderreen following a search carried out as part of an intelligence led operation on Thursday. 

    One man is being detained in Castlerea Garda Station in connection with the find. 

  • Gardaí investigating the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Sligo/Leitrim area have seized Cannabis Herb with an estimated street value of €325,000.

    As part of a planned operation Gardaí from the Ballymote District assisted by the Divisional Drugs and Crime Units searched a residential property in Ballymote, Co Sligo yesterday.

    Cannabis Herb and associated drug paraphernalia was seized.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

  • Gardaí have arrested three people and seized cannabis and cannabis plants at a house at Cloonloo, Co.Sligo.

    Gardaí searched a house at Cloonloo at about noon yesterday. During the course of the search they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation containing 250 plants and well as processed cannabis herb. The drugs, subject to analysis, have a street value of in excess of €200,000.

    Three people were arrested at the scene; a man and a woman in their 30s and a man in his late 20s. They are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

  • Gardaí in Co. Sligo have seized a gun in the boot of a car and arrested a man.

    Officers searched a house in Ballymote last night and found cannabis herb worth around 1-thousand euro and the gun.

    The car has been seized by Gardaí and the firearm has been sent to the Garda Ballistics Section for forensic examination.

    A 37 year old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballymote Garda Station where he remains in custody.


  • The Mayo Garda Divisional Drugs Unit have made two arrests following the search of house in the Swinford area yesterday.

    9000 euro worth of suspected cocaine was seized in the search.

    Two males were arrested and were taken to Swinford Garda Station.

    They have since been released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Gardai would like to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation.

    Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Mayo Garda Divisional Drugs Unit in Castlebar on 094 903 8200.


  • 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 www.drugs.ie.

    Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

  • A man's been arrested after drugs worth 135 thousand euro were discovered in Co. Leitrim on Tuesday night.

    The cannabis resin was found after Gardai stopped a car in Carrick-on-Shannon as part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the Sligo/Leitrim areas.

    The 50 year old driver of the car was arrested and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda station for questioning.

    In a follow up search at a house in Manorhamilton, a large amount of cash, and more of the drug were found.

  •  A man was arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballina last night.

    The Crime Task Force in Ballina carried out a planned search of a house in the Quay area of the town, and seized a quantity of cannabis.

    One male was arrested on suspicion of sale and supply, and was detained at Ballina Garda Station.

    He’s since been released, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • A man in his thirties has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Sligo yesterday. 

    As part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area, Gardaí searched a property is Castle Burn, Ballymote, where around €100,000 worth of cannabis was found. 

    A sum of cash was also recovered. 

    The man remains in custody and investigations are ongoing.

  • A man in his 40s has been charged in connection with the discovery of a drone and drugs in a car next to Castlerea prison in Co. Roscommon yesterday morning.  

    Garda found two mobiles, a smart watch, around 440 tablets and cannabis herb along with a drone which was in the process of being set up, when they stopped and search a car yesterday morning.

    The Governor of Castlerea Prison said in a statement yesterday evening that the prison works closely with Gardai, and welcomes their invention and continued support in assisting the prevention of contraband entering the prison.

    A man and a woman were arrested, the woman in her 40s has since been released without charge while the man is due to appear before Castlerea District Court on May 26th.


  • A man is due before the courts in Sligo in connection to the seizure of 100,000 thousand euro worth of cannabis.

    The discovery was made at a house in Ballymote on Thursday - where a sum of cash was also recovered.

    A man in his 30s had been arrested following the search and questioned by Gardaí.

    He will appear before Sligo District Court later this morning.

  • The supply and use of drugs, particularly amongst the 16 to 38 age cohort, was described as a ‘pandemic’ by a coroner today.

    The Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor used the adjective – normally used to describe worldwide disease epidemics-   at the conclusion of an inquest into the death of a 38-year-old mother who died from a combined drug overdose last March.

    Returning a verdict of death by misadventure, the coroner said there was no evidence that Sonya Isaacson intended the consequences of the overdose which included methadone, a substitute drug which is used in the treatment of heroin addiction.

     Ms. Isaacson, a mother of three who lived at Clareville, Claremorris, was found dead by her ex-partner, Anthony Murphy, on March 23 last.

     In a deposition, Mr. Murphy told the hearing his ex-partner had issues with drugs for a long time”.

     After returning the verdict of misadventure, the coroner described drug dependency as “one of the curses of modern society”, particularly amongst the younger age group.

    Patrick O'Connor said  “The whole question of the supply and use of drugs particularly amongst those between the ages of 16 and 38 is becoming a pandemic” and said  drug use is rife in every corner of Ireland, not just in the big cities.

    In conclusion, Mr. O’Connor called on the State to continue to develop and create supports for young people who are drug dependent, and asked that the health services are fully funded in order to do so.


  • The recent murder of a teenager in Drogheda shows ordinary policing is not adequate in combating the rising levels of drug-related crime.

    That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers, who says Gardai need to be properly resourced to deal with the scourge of drugs in every region.

    She's calling for additional Gardai to be assigned to drugs units in every Garda division, as she claims drugs are freely available in every town and village in Mayo.

  • Three men have been arrested after drugs worth over €300,000 were seized in County Mayo.

    It's after two houses were searched in Killasser, Swinford yesterday evening at around 6 o'clock 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 currently being questioned at Ballina Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.