Man who claimed he had been shopping was carrying cannabis in shopping bags
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Man who claimed he had been shopping was carrying cannabis in shopping bags

GARDAÍ HAVE arrested a man for the possession of cannabis after he was questioned at a Covid-19 checkpoint in Dublin.

An Garda Síochána yesterday confirmed they stopped a Taxi at Shanganhill near Dublin Airport yesterday, 15 April, and questioned the passenger, a male, for his reason for travelling.

The passenger told Gardaí that he had been shopping and was returning home, but when the officers searched his shopping bags he was found to be carrying a large amount of cannabis.

The cannabis was vaccuum sealed into two separate bags, with Gardaí estimating a street value of approximately €20,000.

The bags were seized and the passenger was subsequently arrested under the Misuse of Drugs act.

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Similarly, on Sunday, April 12, Gardaí in Cork stopped a car at a Covid-19 checkpoint on Watercourse Road and after questioning the passengers, discovered cannabis worth an estimated €600 which was hidden in the engine block of the vehicle.

An enhanced number of Garda patrols and checkpoints in place as part of Operation Fanacht has seen multiple arrests which began as Covid-19 enquiries but instead revealed other offences: over the Easter Weekend, Gardaí report that initial questioning ended with arrests under legislation for offences such as public order, assault, road traffic and misuse of drugs.