Over €140,000 worth of the drug 4-MEC has been seized in a major drugs swoop in Donegal.
As part of an intelligence-led operation involving Revenue’s Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Letterkenny Drugs Unit, approximately 4 kilograms of the drug were seized in an operation yesterday.
The seizure was the result of a controlled delivery of the package, originating in China, to an address in Letterkenny.
4-MEC is a chemical that bears a chemical resemblance to mephedrone. It is known to produce effects like that of Cocaine and Ecstasy.
A 28 year old male was arrested and detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under the provisions of section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
In a separate operation last week, officers from Revenue's Custom's service at Cork airport seized cocaine from a 46 year old Bolivian national who had arrived on a flight from Bolivia via Amsterdam.
The man was found to have ingested 84 pellets of cocaine amounting to one kilo with an approximate value of €70,000.
The man who had been arrested by Gardai and taken to Togher Garda Station was charged on Monday at Cork District Court.