CO CORK, Ireland - A Thor Day of Action in Cork earlier this week has resulted in the seizure of large quantities of cannabis and cash, and ten arrests.
The crackdown on crime in Cork saw people questioned and charged over incidents of assault, theft, possession of drugs, and possession of offensive weapons.
The operation was carried out in the Cork West Garda Division on Tuesday.
Of the 10 people arrested, four have been charged to appear at a later date, 2 were released without charge with a file being prepared for the DPP, one has been brought before the courts on an outstanding warrant, 1 has been charged and appeared in court, one is to be dealt with in the juvenile courts, while 1 received a caution.
As part of the day of action, gardai from the Divisional Drugs Unit in West Cork, assisted by the Southern Region Dog Unit, carried out a search at a house in Durrus and discovered a grow house containing a total of €12,400 worth of suspected cannabis herb and plants. €6,800 of cannabis herb and €5,600 of cannabis plants were seized and sent for analysis.
In a second unrelated search, garda seized €4,900 worth of suspected cannabis and €17,200 in cash at a house in the Ballylickey area of Bantry.
No arrests were made in relation to both drug seizures but gardai say they are following a definite line of enquiry.
Two multi-agency checkpoints were conducted on the N71, Toureen Ballinhassig and the R586-Colomane, Bantry. Garda from Bandon District Regular Units, Roads Policing Unit Detective Unit, Customs and Revenue, Department of Social Protection Officers, Cork County Council-Environmental Protection Unit Enforcement Officers and Road Safety Authority Members took part.
During the checkpoints only one road traffic offence was detected. Social welfare detected three people working while claiming welfare allowance which will be further investigated. 19 vehicles were dipped for green diesel by Customs and Revenue with no detections.