Three arrested and gun seized in Kerry drugs crackdown




Three people have been arrested and a firearm seized following a series of garda raids in Kerry this morning.

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to €37,000 along with a handgun, ammunition and a bullet proof vest were recovered in an initial raid at a house in Fenit, Tralee at around 1am this morning.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Tralee Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

A second man (aged 29) was arrested during a follow-up search of a house in Barrow West, Ardfert, around two hours later.

Cannabis plants and cannabis leaf with an estimated street value of up to €140,000 were uncovered during that raid.

The arrestd man is currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Listowel Garda Station.

"These operations use advanced analytical and intelligence methods to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks," gardaí said in a statement.

"Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities.

"Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality."


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