Laois Offaly Gardaí make yet another big drug seizure this time a big haul of cocaine

Drug seizures well into the millions of euro in 2020

Leinster Express Reporter

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Gardaí in Laois and Offaly have made what is the latest in a line of big drug seizures which has seen some €6 million seized since April this year.

Gardaí say they have seized €161,000 worth of cocaine and arrested a man, aged in his early 20s, following a search of a house in Portarlington.

The seizure was made in the Patrick Street area which is located on the Offaly side of the Laois Offaly border town. A statement said the search was carried out on Saturday.

Gardaí say that during a search over €7,000 in cash, mobile phones and other drug-related paraphernalia was discovered and seized.

The arrested man is detained at Portlaoise Garda Station under Section of 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Investigations are ongoing.

This latest operation is the latest in a line of significant drug seizures in Laois and Offaly in 2020. The biggest of these was the seizure of nearly €4 million worth of drugs in early July in Raheen.

Cannabis worth €100,000 was seized in Birr in early May.

Three people were arrested and charged after drugs worth €500,000, including cocaine, were seized at a house in Portlaoise in April.

Around the same time €1.2 million worth of cannabis was found dumped in a ditch in Ballylinan in east Laois.

Drugs were also seized in early April during an extensive operation in the two counties which followed the deaths of three homeless people with links to Laois died in Tullamore.

The three people lost their lives after taking a mixture of drugs including what was believe to be a contaminated drug purchased online. All had been housed at a hostel in Offaly.

Drug units in both counties have been beefed up this year while the movement of drugs has been restricted by Covid-19 measures.