CREDIT: An Garda Síochana
Gardaí in Galway have seized €21,000 worth of suspected cocaine following a routine traffic stop in the Bushy Park area of Galway City on Monday evening.
At approximately 7pm members of the Roads Policing unit in Galway stopped a car at Bushy Park.
There were two men in the car and the passenger, a man in his early 20s, got out of the car and fled on foot. He was seen placing a white package into a gap in a wall.
Galway RPU on #Covid19 patrol stopped driver of car, arrested on suspicion of drug driving, following search of passenger €21,000 of Cocaine (subject to analysis) recovered. Car seized & both arrested. Proceedings to follow#StayAtHomeAndStaySafe. pic.twitter.com/izd3fS2AoL— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 21, 2020
The package was recovered and is believed to contain approximately €21,000 worth of cocaine, pending analysis.
The driver of the car, a man in his late 30s was given a roadside test which indicated the presence of opiates and cannabis. A further sample has been sent for analysis.
Both men were arrested and detained at the North Western Regional Headquarters in Murrough, Co Galway under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.
The man in his 20s has been released without charge, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The man in his 30s remains in custody as of Tuesday morning.
Members of the Galway Drugs Unit conducted a follow up search arising from this matter but nothing was detected.