Cash, drugs and tobacco seized as businessman arrested

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A controlled search took place in a business premises off Davis Street on Tuesday, August 14.

CANNABIS, illegal cigarettes, tobacco and cash were seized at a Limerick business premises by Garda on Tuesday morning which led to the arrest of a man in his 50s.

Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Limerick and Revenue officers from the Southern Region carried out a search at a business premises off Davis Street in the city centre on Tuesday morning at approximately 10am.

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During the course of the operation, Gardaí and Revenue officers seized approximately €100,000 worth of cannabis and other controlled drugs which have been sent to the forensic laboratory for further analysis.

Officers also seized 170,000 cigarettes and 60kg worth of tobacco with a retail value of €132,000.

€20,000 in cash was also found at the business premises.

Gardaí arrested a man in his 50s at the scene and he was brought to Henry Street Garda Station where he was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

A period of detention and questioning can be extended for up to seven days upon a successful State application made to the courts.

Speaking at Roxboro Road Garda Station, Superintendent Fergal Patwell said ‘This is another significant arrest in relation to our ongoing operations targeting organised criminal gangs in Limerick.

“Drug seizures like we had in today’s operation play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reduces their ability to carry out illegal activities.

“It also helps protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and associated criminality”.

Investigations into the seizure are ongoing.