17 May 2022

Garda sniffer dog discovers large stash of drugs in Offaly

Garda sniffer dog discovers large stash of drugs in Birr

The Garda sniffer dog Rex which was recently in Birr looking for drugs. Rex, a labrador, is one of 19 garda dogs.

A Garda sniffer dog has discovered a large stash of drugs in Offaly

€3,450 worth of drugs was discovered by a Garda dog in a Birr housing estate recently.

The Garda Dog Unit was in Birr recently searching a house in the housing estate for drugs.

During the course of the search, assisted by Rex (a black labrador), at 7 in the evening, they found €1,750 of cannabis herb and €1,700 of amphetamine. They also found drug paraphernalia, which included weighing scales.

A local man in his 20s was arrested and detained and charged with the possession of illegal drugs for sale and supply.

The search was part of Operation Tara, a national Garda anti-drugs operation which has been running for several months.

 A Garda spokesperson pointed out that dogs like Rex can find much more than drugs when they are searching people's houses. “They are trained in a number of fields," he explained. "As well as sniffing out illegal drugs they can also sniff out cash and in some cases weapons so they’re very highly-trained animals”.

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