Drugs seized as six Offaly houses are raided by Gardaí

One man has been arrested

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



A number of drugs seizures have been made after a series of Garda raids in Offaly on Wednesday, June 20.

As part of two days of action policing in Clara and the investigation into the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the Midlands, six houses were searched in the Clara area on Wednesday morning.

A quantity of cannabis and cocaine was seized during the raids, while one man in his 20s was arrested on public order offences. It is anticipated that a number of additional arrests will be made in relation to the drugs offences when the results of forensic analysis are available. The exact value of the drugs will be also be determined following forensic analysis.   

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The purpose of the operation was to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, apprehend criminals and to enhance Community Engagement. The operation included Multi Agency checkpoints consisting of Gardaí, Revenue and Customs, The Road Safety Authority and Social Welfare. 

Mobile information and community engagement units of the RSA and Gardaí were also set up in the North Offaly town on Wednesday. The Laois/Offaly Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Graham Kavanagh, was present in The Square, Clara to meet with the public and give advice on personal and home security.

Members of the Tullamore Community Policing Unit were also present to meet with members of the public and listen to any concerns they may have in relation to policing issues. 

The Road Safety Authority provided their “Shuttle” and “Roll Over” interactive vehicles and members of their education unit to provide the general public and other target audiences with the chance to interact with various road safety campaigns and to spread the message about the importance of road safety. 

The Garda Mounted Unit visited two local primary schools in Clara to meet with the children and staff.


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