De­tec­tives bust ma­jor coke sup­ply

GAR­DAÍ SEIZE €20K OF CO­CAINE IN OP­ER­A­TION TAR­GET­ING MA­JOR SUP­PLY ROUTE

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By DÓ­NAL NOLAN

GAR­DAÍ in North Kerry have busted what they be­lieve is one of the main sup­ply routes of co­caine into the re­gion fol­low­ing a search of a car last week in which €20,000-worth of the il­le­gal drug was seized.

De­tec­tives from Lis­towel and Bally­bunion stopped the car in an in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion in a pub­lic place in Lis­towel on Tues­day night of last week at around 9pm, search­ing the ve­hi­cle un­der war­rant and dis­cov­er­ing the quan­tity of the drug, de­scribed as ‘sig­nif­i­cant’. It is the lat­est in a num­ber of suc­cesses against the drug trade in the ju­ris­dic­tion. A Kerry man aged in his 30s was ar­rested at the scene, ques­tioned at Lis­towel Garda Sta­tion and re­leased on Wed­nes­day morn­ing with­out charge.

A 16-year-old youth from the area was ar­rested in a fol­low-up op­er­a­tion on Mon­day, ques­tioned at Lis­towel Garda Sta­tion and also re­leased with­out charge. A file is now be­ing pre­pared for the DPP on the mat­ter, a spokesper­son for the gar­daí said.

The seizure comes as gar­daí warn of a re­newed preva­lence of the highly-ad­dic­tive drug. “This was a ma­jor op­er­a­tion to tar­get what we be­lieve is one of the main sup­ply routes of co­caine into Lis­towel and North Kerry,” a se­nior garda said. The rise is recorded clearly in garda fig­ures for the year, as a re­sult of in­creased drugs de­tec­tion across Kerry.

The co­caine seized by gar­daí last week.

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