Cannabis bust in Ballina part of on-going operation

A photograph issued by gardaí of the cannabis plants uncovered in a Ballina house yesterday.

A photograph issued by gardaí of the cannabis plants uncovered in a Ballina house yesterday.

The seizure of an estimated €42,000 worth of cannabis plants in Ballina yesterday afternoon (Sunday, February 8 ) was part of an on-going intelligence led operation which is targeting the illegal sale and supply of drugs in Mayo. 

A garda spokesperson said this afternoon (Monday ) that the operation is using "advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks."

Gardaí uncovered the plants in a house in Ballina. 

They arrested a male in his late 40s at the scene and detained him under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballina Garda Station.

The male was released without charge late last night and a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks,” said a garda spokesperson today (Monday ).

“Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities.

“ Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality.”

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