£175k drugs bust

July 1997

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE TWO Scot­tish peo­ple at the cen­tre of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the £175,000 cannabis haul were still be­ing de­tained in Wick­low Garda Sta­tion last night pend­ing a di­rec­tion from the Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions.

Gar­dai are still hold­ing a 35-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman for ques­tion­ing, hav­ing re­leased an­other woman with­out charge on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The two were be­ing held un­der the re­cently in­tro­duced Drug Trafficking Act, which al­lowed the Gar­dai to hold them un­til mid­night.

If not charged by that time, an ap­pli­ca­tion will have to be made to a judge to hold them for a fur­ther three days.

A de­ci­sion from the Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tion was awaited by the lo­cal Gar­dai as they pro­ceed.

Gar­dai op­er­at­ing a rou­tine pa­trol near to the New­town­moun­tkennedy by-pass on Mon­day night stopped the Scot­tish man and sub­se­quently ar­rested him and brought him to Wick­low.

A flat on Wick­low’s Main Street was raided and Gar­dai found a pro­fes­sional and so­phis­ti­cated cannabis-grow­ing-op­er­a­tion which in­cluded light­ing and spray­ing sys­tems.

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