Gardaí have seized €45,000 worth of suspected cocaine and arrested a juvenile following a search in Ballinasloe yesterday.

Local Garda Station conducted an intelligence led operation in the Dunlo Harbour area of the town.

During the course of this operation a quantity of suspected cocaine, estimated to be worth €45,000 concealed on derelict grounds was seized.

A man in his mid-teens was arrested at the scene and detained at Ballinasloe Garda Station.

He has since been released with a file being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Office.

This seizure forms part of Operation Tara an enhanced national anti-drugs strategy, which was launched by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the beginning of July.

The focus is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs.

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