Update 3.14pm: Gardaí have launched an investigation after more than €70,000 worth of drugs, believed to be cocaine, was discovered at a fire station in Tipperary.
Tipperary County Council has confirmed that a substance was discovered in Nenagh Fire Station on Wednesday and the Gardai were immediately notified.
Gardaí arrested a man the following day, but he was later released without charge.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Original story (11.56am): Gardaí launch investigation after drugs worth €70k found in a Munster fire station's offices
Gardaí have launched an investigation after more than €70,000 worth of drugs, believed to be cocaine, was discovered at the offices of a fire station in Munster, writes David Raleigh.
Reliable sources said the drugs were found on January 17 last.
The matter was reported to local gardaí who arrested a man on January 18 in connection with the drugs probe. The man was later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The local county council did not comment on the name of the premises in question, however they confirmed they were “co-operating fully” with the gardaí investigation.
Gardaí confirmed the seizure and said they believe the drugs to be cocaine, “pending analysis”.
According to other reliable sources, some or all of the drugs were discovered in a locker at the fire station offices.
Gardaí said they would not be releasing details about the premises in question.
A garda spokesman stated: “Gardaí are investigating the discovery of Cocaine (analysis pending) with an estimated street value in excess of €70,000.”
“The discovery was reported to Gardaí on the 17/1/2018. A man aged in his 30s was arrested by investigating Gardaí on the 18/1/2018 and detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.”
“He has since been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
The local county council stated gardaí were immediately notified after a “substance” was found at a premises on January 17 last.
“[The council] confirms that on Wednesday 17 January 2018 an unknown substance was discovered at a premises ... and the Gardaí were immediately notified,” the statement read.
“The Council is co-operating fully with Gardaí on the matter and will not be commenting further pending the investigation,” it added.
Gardaí said the “investigation is ongoing”.