Gardai seize heroin during Limerick search

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing following a significant seizure of heroin in Limerick city.

INVESTIGATIONS are ongoing following a significant seizure of heroin in Limerick city.

Details of the seizure - the biggest in Limerick so far this year - have only just emerged.

Around €120,000 of the drugs were discovered during a garda search at St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park last Saturday.

“It was part of an on-going investigation into the operation of serious crime in Limerick,” explained Insp John Heelan of Henry Street garda station.

“It is a fairly significant find in terms of drugs in Limerick city and at a national level, with that kind of value.”

The drugs have been sent for forensic analysis and no arrests have been made to date..

Insp Heelan who is also involved with the Mid-West Regional Drug Task Force said that heroin is one of the drugs that the gardai are targeting most in Limerick.

“It’s commonly known that there are serious health risks with the use of heroin. That warning is out there and has been issued by the HSE. We would be issuing people with the warning that they should refrain from the use of illicit drugs because nobody knows where they come from and they lead to huge difficulties for families and individuals.”

Insp Heelan said that is “commonly known that there is a drug problem in Limerick” and it is something the gardai take very seriously.

“We have a divisional drugs unit and our general operatives are supported by the Armed Response Unit. On-going investigations certainly focus on drug use, drug crime and drug supply,” he pointed out.

Despite the high level of media attention focused on the use of Crystal Meth in recent days, Insp Heelan said there is no evidence to suggest it is a major problem in the city and no seizures of the drug have been made in the city centre.