Five people were arrested and more arrests are anticipated as an estimated €333,000 worth of drugs were seized by gardai yesterday in the Ballina area, according to Garda Chief Superintendent for Mayo, Tony Healy.
Members of the Mayo Divisional Drugs Taskforce, the Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, and Gardaí attached to Ballina Garda Station searched a total of eight properties in the Ballina area yesterday.
The coordinated search operation began at 9am yesterday morning and concluded at 10pm last night.
During the search, a cannabis growhouse containing suspected cannabis plants valued at approximately €265,000 was discovered at a house in Attymass, Ballina.
A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with this seizure and is due to appear in Castlebar District Court today.
During the search of a house in Ballina town Gardaí seized €30,000 worth of cannabis herb in a garden shed.
A further search was conducted at a house in Ballina where €20,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb, €7,000 worth of suspected cocaine, and a quantity of suspected steroid tablets were seized.
Also at this property Gardaí recovered a small quantity of ammunition.
Arising from a separate search at a house in Ballina town €11,000 worth of cocaine has been seized.
Chief Superintendent Healy told Midwest News today that investigations are ongoing and thanked the community for their assistance in this significant drugs seizure.