Drugs seizure in Tipperary

Drugs worth €1.2 million seized in three separate raids

Gardai swoop on 26 locations and make multiple arrests

Noel Dundon


Noel Dundon




Drugs seized in Tipperary

Drugs with a value of €1.2 milllion have been seized following extensive Garda raids throughout Tipperary.

Drugs with an estimated value of €1.2 million have been seized following a major Garda operation in Tipperary in which 26 locations countywide were searched and three major grown houses shut down.

Operation Overwatch initiated by the Tipperary Garda Division netted the  €1.2 million haul following a raid at locations in Hollyford, Nenagh and Ballykisteen.

Gardai have confirmed to The Tipperary Star that an intelligence led Drugs Operation under Operation Overwatch was completed across the Tipperary Division from the 26th to 30th September 2016.

Gardai from the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit together with Detective, Uniform, Community Gardai including Gardai from the Garda National Drugs Unit, Organised Crime Bureau and Garda Dog Unit took part in a number of planned drugs operations which saw approximately €1.2 million in controlled drugs seized.

As part of this planned operation a total of 26 locations were searched across the Division with 9 suspects arrested for Possession of Drugs for Sale and Supply under Section 15 Misuse of Drugs Act, which also includes 11 detections for Simple Possession Contrary to Section 3 Misuse of Drugs Act 1977-1984.  Further searches took place this morning with additional arrests made.  

Gardai can also confirm that as part of this operation, a total of 34 Penal Warrants and 14 Bench Warrants were executed with these offenders currently before the District Court.

In addition, three significant seizures were made as part of this operation namely:-

On Sunday the 25th September 2016, a cannabis grow house was located in Ballykisteen Tipperary with drugs to the value of €7000 seized.  One male has been arrested, charged and is currently before the courts.

On the 28th September 2016, following an intelligence led operation, a cannabis grow house was located in Nenagh with drugs to the value of €20,000 seized.  One male has been arrested, charged and is currently before the courts and finally

On the 28th September 2016, following a joint operation between the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit, the Garda National Drugs Unit and Organised Crime Bureau, a sophisticated cannabis grow house was located in Hollyford, Co Tipperary.  Controlled drugs with an estimated street value of €1.1 million were seized.  

As part of this operation two males in their 40’s, were arrested and they are currently detained for questioning at Thurles and Templemore Garda Station under Section 2 Criminal Justice Drugs Trafficking Act 1996.  

The success of this Operation will have a significant impact in the distribution of controlled drugs and the dismantling of drug related activity across Tipperary Division.  

Operation Overwatch will continue to target the distribution and sale of control drugs across Tipperary.

Anyone with information on these or any other crimes can contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

As part of the Garda Divisional Policing Plan for 2016, Operation Overwatch is a Tipperary Divisional Drugs Operation focusing on tackling known drug dealers / suppliers / users including tackling drug trafficking and drug related criminal behaviour across the Tipperary Division.  

Operation Overwatch is under the command of Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Local District Officers and is coordinated by the Divisional Detective Inspector Patrick O’Callaghan.  

Operation Overwatch coordinates the activity of the Divisional Drugs Unit through tasking, searches, surveillance and targeted operations and involves the assistance and exchange of intelligence between a number of National Units including the Garda National Drugs Unit and Organised Crime Bureau.

The aim of Operation Overwatch is to reduce incidence of Drug Trafficking and related criminal activity by supporting communities across Tipperary.