drug seizures estimated at €4,500 were made by Gardai in Ballyshannon and Killybegs over the weekend. Gardai say that the Ballyshannon cannabis seizure, part of a pre-planned search in the Saimer Drive area of the Erne town was one of the biggest on record.
Inspector Denis Joyce confirmed to the paper: “This was a major haul of cannabis resin and one of the most significant in the Ballyshannon area. As a result of this operation we are satisfied that we have cut off a major source of supply in the area. It is the biggest on record for the town this year.”
In the first swoop at 4.45pm on Saturday afternoon approximately €4,000 worth of cannabis resin was seized by Gardai at the house in Ballyshannon Town. Nobody was arrested in this first operation, but a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
At approximately 6.35pm that same Saturday evening in Killybegs, approximately €550 worth of cannabis was recovered. It is understood that this find followed a man in his twenties in the town being stopped and searched at a garda checkpoint. He was found in possession of the drugs and arrested. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions with regard to the second case.
There is no link between the two seizures and both simply involved good policing work, gardai say.
Inspector Joyce said the weekend activities formed part of an ongoing battle against drugs in the Ballyshannon District.
“The battle against drugs is continuing. The first operation in Ballyshannon was part of a pre-planned operation. While no-one was arrested at the time, a file is being prepared for the DPP. The second seizure occurred as a result of a checkpoint in Killybegs.
“We have to be continually vigilant to ensure that the message gets out there that all drugs are dangerous. It has been clearly demonstrated with research that use of so-called softer drugs leads onto the use of harder drugs. The impact that this can have on the individual user, their family, friends and the wider community is potentially devastating. Gardai witness day-to-day the destruction that drugs use leads to. It is not a nice thing for any family to experience.”