The successful recovery of almost €200,000 in illegal drugs from an abandoned house in Longford last week is believed to be the biggest drug seizure by gardai for several years.
Over 10,000 ecstasy tablets and a significant portion of heroin were discovered in the raid by the detective and drugs unit attached to the Longford-Roscommon division.
The operation which, the Leader can reveal, was led by officers from the Longford detective branch, is understood to be the largest single discovery made by locally based gardai for at least five years.
Investigatuing teams found the huge cache of drugs at around 11pm last Thursday during a planned raid on a derelict house, close to the former Fountain Blue nightclub on the main Longford to Edgeworthstown road.
Although earlier reports suggested ecstasy tablets made up around three quarters of the haul, insiders have since confirmed as much as “50 to 60 grammes” of heroin was also recovered.
“It (discovery) was mostly ecstacsy tablets and a quantity of heroin,” said Superintendent Ian Lackey from Granard Garda Station.
“They were found during a planned search of a derelict building by the divisional and detective unit from the Longford Roscommon division.”
As forensic analysts this week attempt to examine both the ecstasy and heroin which was found, gardai have pinned much of their hopes on members of the public and potential eye witnesses coming forward as a means of furthering the investigation.
No arrests have to date been made although gardai have appealed for anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity close to the former Foutain Blue site to contact them.
Members of the public with any information on last Thursday’s drug seizure are asked to contact Granard Garda Station at (043) 6686512.