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Saturday 10 December 2016

Gardai discover €60k of drugs after landlord calls about burglary in house

Gardai discovered over €60,000 of heroin and cocaine after getting a call from a landlord about a burglary in his home
Gardai discovered over €60,000 of heroin and cocaine after getting a call from a landlord about a burglary in his home

Gardai made one of the strangest drug busts of the year when they discovered over €60,000 of heroin and cocaine after getting a call from a landlord about a burglary in his home.

The bizarre incident unfolded in the early hours of the morning in Palmerstown, west Dublin, on Friday when the landlord called gardai after becoming suspicious that someone had broken into his house where he was sub-letting a room.

When officers from Ballyfermot Garda Station entered the room which the landlord had thought had been broken into, gardai discovered paraphernalia linked to drug dealing and obtained a search warrant which they later executed.

Gardai searched the room and discovered the large drugs haul.

Suspicious

In a follow-up operation on Friday afternoon, a Ballyfermot man aged in his early 20s was arrested.

The suspect was released without charge over the weekend and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

"The landlord in this case had nothing to do with the drugs at all. He became suspicious that a burglary had taken place in his property.

"The officers at the scene quickly established that no one had broken into the room that he was concerned about but quickly realised that there were drugs in the room and then acted in a prompt manner and now these drugs are off the street," a source explained.

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