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Friday, August 29, 2008

Three men held after discovery of cocaine

Three people have been arrested by Gardai following the discovery of a substantial amount of cocaine in a Limerick suburb today.

At least €400,000 worth of the drug was found at a house in the Castletroy view housing estate today during a planned Garda operation. Radio reports say the house was being used as a cocaine 'mixing factory'. Around 6kg of the drug along with mixing agents were also discovered at the house.

The arrested, two men in their twenties and man in his forties, are being questioned at Henry Station Garda Station in relation to the find.

All men being detained are known to the Gardai and are connected to a Moyross criminal gang.

The three have been named as Timothy O'Grady(46) of St John's Terrace in Hospital; William O'Donnell(31) of Monabraher Road in Ballynanty and Patrick Hogan(26), of Long Range near the Sandmall.

They have been charged and have appeared in court Saturday.

A thorough forensic examination was being completed at the house. As well as the drugs, gardaí discovered weighing scales, blenders, plastic packaging, a cocaine press, masking tape, gloves and other items used to prepare cocaine deals for sale on the street.

Inspector John O’Reilly said: “This was a mixing house where cocaine was being prepared for distribution throughout the region. This is a very significant find and will make a major dent in the cocaine scene in the region.”
Via Examiner
All three will make an application for bail on Wednesday 3rd of September.

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