Ireland

Man arrested over drone delivery of drugs into prisons

The Irish Prison Service thanked gardai for their efforts to keep drugs out of jails.

An Garda Siochana handout photo of drones seized following a search in Dublin

A man has been arrested and 180,000 euro has been seized as part of a Garda investigation into the delivery of drugs into prisons by drone.

The Garda Drugs Unit from Ronanstown searched a home in west Dublin on Friday.

During the search, more than 180,000 euro in various denominations was seized.



A designer watch valued at 10,000 euro and several mobile phones were also confiscated.

An Garda Siochana handout photo of cash seized following a search in Dublin
An Garda Siochana handout photo of cash seized following a search in Dublin An Garda Siochana handout photo of cash seized following a search in Dublin

A 42-year-old man was arrested and is detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at a Garda station in Dublin.

The operation follows a previous seizure involving a drone and a quantity of diamorphine intended for delivery into a west Dublin prison on February 12.

The Irish Prison Service thanked gardai for their efforts to keep drugs out of prison.

It said: “The arrest and seizure yesterday shows we are intent on tackling those who wish to do harm by bringing drugs into our prisons.

“The Irish Prison Service is committed to preventing the access of contraband including drugs into prisons and continues to be a high priority.

“The Irish Prison Service has committed to continuing to invest in new technologies and measures to support our efforts to keep contraband out of prisons.”