Drugs seized and arrests made across Clare

Drugs seized and arrests made across Clare


File Photo: Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí have seized drugs worth in excess of €32,000 while thirteen people were arrested as part of Operation Thor, a nationwide campaign aimed at disrupting criminal activity.

As part of the operation in Clare, Gardaí carried out ‘Project Banner’. This was a two-day policing initiative during which a total of five planned searches were carried out at locations in Ennis and Shannon under the Misuse of Drugs Acts.

During these searches Gardaí seized controlled drugs with an estimated street value in excess of €32,000 (analysis pending). The drugs seized included cocaine, herbal cannabis and cannabis resin.

A male aged in his 30s was arrested when cocaine and cannabis (analysis pending) was seized during a search of a house in Ennis.

The man was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 for questioning at Ennis Garda Station. He was later released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Six people were arrested under warrant made in respect of outstanding penal and bench warrants.

A further six arrests were made under the Public Order Act following an incident in Ennis.

During the operation, cordon checkpoints were carried out by Gardaí and Revenue Customs Service in the East Clare area aimed at intercepting and disrupting travelling criminal groups. Crime Prevention information was also distributed to motorists.
Information stands were set up at locations in Ennis and Killaloe where advice leaflets were distributed to the public along with useful crime prevention information.
The operation was conducted by Garda units based in the Clare Division assisted by a team of 24 trainee Gardaí from the Garda College Templemore.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.