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Gardaí in the Bandon District have seized approximately €11,000 worth of suspected drugs and arrested 29 people over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

As part of the policing plan for the Kinsale 7s Rugby Tournament, Gardaí deployed additional plainclothes members from the Divisional Drugs Unit and members from the Roads Policing Unit, in and around the town of Kinsale. As a result, 29 people were arrested for incidents of public order, possession of drugs and drink/drug driving.

Speaking at Bandon Garda, Superintendent Brendan Fogarty said:

“We had well over 20,000 people come through Kinsale over the bank holiday weekend, the vast majority were respectful and complied with Gardaí and stewards. However, we had 60 detections for possession of suspected drugs, mostly cocaine, which amounted to approximately €11,000. This is an alarming amount of detections for drugs. Drugs have such a negative impact on so many lives and have no place in our communities. 6 people also took the risk of getting behind the wheel with drugs or alcohol in their system. People who do this are putting themselves, our family, and our friends at risk by driving whilst intoxicated. If you are going out and want to have a few drinks, leave the car at home. Never ever drink and drive.”