GARDAI have been granted permission to retain around €13,000 in cash which was seized during a major operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Limerick city.
The money was seized at the weekend when around a dozen locations were searched as part of ongoing operations targeting the activities of suspected drug dealers.
A number of houses were searched along with several derelict properties and fields.
Twelve separate locations, mostly in the St Mary’s Park area, were searched during the planned operation which involved members of the divisional drugs squad, local detectives and uniformed gardai who were assisted by members of the armed Regional Support Unit.
Investigating gardai successfully applied for a court order, this Monday, allowing them to retain the money until early in the New Year to facilitate investigations into its origins.
In addition to the cash, a large quantity of illicit drugs – including cannabis resin, cocaine and benzodiazepines – were also seized along with a number of shotgun cartridges. The drugs have a street value of around €80,000
While no arrests were made, a garda spokesperson confirmed that arrests are expected once the drugs and ammunition are examined.
Separately, a number of cars were seized on Monday afternoon when gardai mounted a high profile checkpoint at Killonan, Ballysimon.
The checkpoint – carried out as part of Operation Thor – remained in place for several hours.
Supt Derek Smart of Henry Street garda station said the location was selected due to its proximity to the M7 motorway.
A number of motorists, who were stopped at the checkpoint, are expected to be prosecuted for road traffic offences.