€140k of Mephedrone-type drug seized

Published Wednesday, 07 November 2012
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Gardaí in Donegal have arrested a man after they seized €140,000 of a drug similar to Mephedrone which arrived in the county from China.

€140k of Mephedrone-type drug seized
The package contained 4- Methylethcathinone. (© Revenue Customs Service)

Around 4kgs of the drug 4- Methylethcathinone, or 4 MEC, was seized after a controlled delivery to a property in Letterkenny on Tuesday.

The drugs are a synthetic stimulant that is chemically similar to Mephedrone.

The intelligence-led operation involved the Revenue's Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Letterkenny Drugs Unit.

A man, 28, was arrested and detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under the provisions of section 2 Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Meanwhile, a 46-year-old Bolivian man was arrested by gardaí at Cork airport after he was found to have ingested 84 pellets of cocaine.

A total of one kilo of the drug was uncovered with an estimated street value of €70,000.

The man had arrived in Cork on a flight from Bolivia via Amsterdam last week.

He was charged on Monday at Cork District Court.

© UTV News
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