Garda Chief Supt Tony Healy

  • 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.

  • The garda drugs unit in Mayo, routinely stopped a man acting suspiciously on the street in Balla on Friday evening last, and in a follow up search of a private house in the area, seized over 73,000 euro in cocaine. Three people appeared before a Special Sitting of Castlebar court on Saturday charged in relation to the offences.

    The Garda Chief Superintendent for Mayo Tony Healy says that Mayo has a well resourced drug unit and insists the gardai are making inroads into drug dealing in the county.

    Chief Supt Healy spoke to Midwest Radio's News Editor Teresa O'Malley today  about the weekend’s arrests and drug seizures in Balla.

  • 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..