Gardai have been given additional time to question two brothers following a significant drugs seizure in Limerick city earlier this week.
Heroin with an estimated street value of around €50,000 was seized when a house in St Mary’s Park was searched as part of ongoing investigations targeting organised crime.
The house at St Ita’s Street was searched under warrant at around 6.30pm on Tuesday by gardai from Henry Street assisted by members of the armed Regional Support Unit.
Two brothers, aged 43 and 40, were arrested at the house and both are being detained at Henry Street garda station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.
Making an application to extend the men’s period of time, Chief Superintendent David Sheahan told Limerick District Court he believed additional time was necessary “for the proper investigation of the offence”.
He added that he was satisfied the investigation is being conducted “diligently and expeditiously”.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told the men have been in custody since their arrest and that each have been interviewed on several occasions.
Both men, Chief Supt Sheahan said, were visited by a doctor and their solicitor since Tuesday.
Having considered the evidence, Judge O’Leary granted the application which means the men can be held, without charge, until Sunday evening.
Following an application by State Solicitor Michael Murray, the judge ordered that none of the facts outlined in court relating to the alleged offence or garda investigation be reported in the media.