Man in court after seizure of cocaine, cash and cars

A man appeared at Roscommon District Court on Wednesday in connection with a substantial seizure of cocaine, cash, cars and ammunition in Ballinlough the previous day.

The searches, conducted by Gardaí from Roscommon Crime and Community Engagement Units and the Armed Support Unit, targeted an organised crime group operating in the Roscommon area.

On Tuesday, approximately €30,000 of suspected cocaine, €10,000 in cash and an Audi S4 and a Volkswagen Golf GTI were seized during the searches at a property in the Ballinlough area.

Approximately six kilos of benzocaine (a suspected mixing agent for cocaine) was also seized in addition to a compressor for packaging and a small amount of 9mm ammunition.

A man in his 20s who was arrested at the scene was detained at a Garda Station in County Roscommon under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. The man was later charged in connection with the haul and appeared before a sitting of Roscommon District Court on Wednesday.

The seized drugs will now be sent to Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) for analysis. Investigations are ongoing.