Gardaí have, today (Wednesday), seized €249,000 worth of ketamine in the capital as part of a joint operation.
It conducted the searches in conjunction with personnel attached to the Revenue Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and the DMR North Central Divisional Drugs Unit.
During the course of the operation, officials searched a premises in the Stoneybatter area resulting in the recovery of 4.15kgs of the horse tranquilizer.
The drugs were concealed inside a barbeque set and were seized by Revenue officers.
According to a statement from An Garda Síochána, drugs will be sent for further analysis.
Gardaí arrested a male aged in his late 20s. He is currently detained at Store Street Garda station pursuant to Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
The investigation – which is “ongoing” – is part of targeting people suspected to be involved in an organised crime group operating in the Dublin 7 area.
Fines to increase
In other motor-related news, a raft of fines relating to 16 road safety offences – some of which have not increased since the government introduced them almost twenty years ago – have doubled.
The following fines have doubled:
- Fine for learner permit holder driving a vehicle unaccompanied by a qualified person will increase from €80 to €160;
- Speeding (from €80 to €160);
- Mobile phone use while driving (€60 to €120);
- Non-wearing of seatbelts (€60 to €120) – Includes driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt, failure by a driver to comply with rear seat belt requirements for passengers under 17 years and driver of car or goods vehicle not wearing safety belt;
- Failing to ensure that a child is properly restrained (€60 to €120);
- Fine for novice and learner drivers not displaying ‘L’ or ‘N’ plates will double to €120;
- Using vehicle not equipped with a speed limitation device or using a vehicle equipped with a speed limitation device not complying with requirements specified in regulation (€60 to €120);
- Failure to leave appropriate distance between you and the vehicle in front (€60 to €120);
- Failure to stop for school warden sign(€80 to €160).
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