Gardaí seized an estimated €333,000 worth of drugs in the Ballina area yesterday as part of an operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo Garda Division.

Members of the Mayo Divisional Drugs Taskforce, the Armed Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, and Gardaí attached to Ballina Garda Station searched a total of eight properties in the Ballina area.

 The coordinated search operation began at 9am yesterday morning and concluded at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

During the search, a cannabis growhouse containing suspected cannabis plants valued at approximately €265,000 was discovered at a house in Attymass, Ballina.

One man was arrested in connection with this seizure and is currently being detained at Ballina Garda Station.

 During the search of a house in Ballina town Gardaí seized €30,000 worth of cannabis herb in a garden shed.

A further search was conducted at a house in Ballina where €20,000 worth of suspected cannabis herb, €7,000 worth of suspected cocaine, and a quantity of suspected steroid tablets were seized.

Also at this property Gardaí recovered a small quantity of ammunition.

Arising from a separate search at a house in Ballina town €11,000 worth of cocaine has been seized.

A woman in her mid 30s was arrested in connection with this seizure. She has since been released without charge.

 All drugs are subject to analysis, and investigations are ongoing.



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