CO MAYO, Ireland - A major series of raids in the Ballina area of Mayo on Thursday have resulted in the seizure of approximately €333,000 worth of drugs.
The raids which involved a large number of officers from the Mayo Divisional Drugs Taskforce, the Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, and garda attached to Ballina Garda Station, were part of an operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo Garda Division.
A total of eight properties were searched, commencing at 9:00am on Thursday morning and concluding at 4:00pm Thursday afternoon.
During the course of the searches a cannabis growhouse containing suspected cannabis plants valued at approximately €265,000 was discovered at a house in Attymass, Ballina.
One man has been arrested in connection with this seizure and is currently detained at Ballina Garda Station.
During the search of a house in Ballina town Garda seized €30,000 worth of cannabis herb in a garden shed.
A further search was conducted at a house in Ballina where €20,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb, €7,000 worth of suspected cocaine, and a quantity of suspected steroid tablets were seized.
Also at this property garda recovered a small quantity of ammunition.
Arising from a separate search at a house in Ballina town, €11,000 worth of cocaine has been seized. A woman in her mid 30s was arrested in connection with this seizure. She has since been released without charge.