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..