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Operation Tara - Drugs Seizure and Arrests Co. Galway - 28th January, 2023.

Issue Date: 29th January 2023

On Saturday evening, 28th January, 2023, as part of Operation Tara, Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drug Unit conducted a planned search of a residence in Aughrim, Co. Galway.

In the course of the search, Gardaí seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €146,000 and €20,000 worth of cannabis herb which will now be sent for analysis. Two men (both 30s) were arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation and are currently detained at Galway Garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. Both men remain in custody.

Investigations ongoing.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drug Unit carried out a separate search at a residence in Ballinasloe on Saturday afternoon 28th January, 2023.

During the course of this search, cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €35,000 was seized and €7,510 in cash. Cannabis jellies were also seized. All drugs will be forwarded for analysis.

A man in his 40s was arrested in relation to this seizure and was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. He was released yesterday evening without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.