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Man (40s) charged after €70,000 heroin seizure in Cork

Gardaí observed a car stopping short of a checkpoint and an occupant of the car discarding a bag a short distance away.

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A MAN IN his 40s has been arrested and charged after Gardaí seized €70,000 worth of heroin in Rathduff, Co Cork on Tuesday evening. 

Gardaí conducting a checkpoint in Rathduff at approximately 6.45pm observed a car stopping short of the checkpoint and an occupant of the car discarding a bag a short distance away.

Mallow District Drugs Unit, Mallow Detective Branch, the Regional Dog Unit and Gardaí conducted a search of the vehicle, its two occupants and the surrounding area.

During the course of the search, suspected heroin with an estimated street value of €70,000 was located and seized.

Two men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were arrested at the scene and taken to Mallow Garda Station where they were detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.

One man, aged in his 30s, has since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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The second man, aged in his 40s, has since been charged and is due to appear before Midleton District Court this morning. 

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