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Drug charges for man arrested at Whiterath, Co Louth

Conor Trindle
17 Sep 2019, 04:04 GMT+10

CO LOUTH, Ireland - A man appeared before a special sitting in the District Court on Saturday in relation to a number of offences.

He had been arrested twice in the previous two days.

Garda from Louth Division and Road Policing Unit stopped first stopped the man while he was driving a northern registered car on the M1 Motorway at Whiterath, Louth on Thursday. Garda had observed the driver driving in an erratic manner.

The man, who is 52 years old, was arrested on the roadside and taken to Dundalk Garda station where a sample was taken from him and he was charged to appear at the next Court sitting.

A search of the vehicle located a large quantity of powder in plastic containers. Approximately 120 kilos was recovered and it has been confirmed to be Benzocaine. Benzocaine is not currently a controlled drug but is used as a mixing or cutting agent for high purity cocaine. The estimated street value of the seizure is in excess of euro50,000.

On Friday the man was rearrested following his release on bail for the road traffic offences, and was detained at Drogheda Garda Station over his possession of Benzocaine.

He was formally charged over the Benzocaine possession ahead of his District Court appearance on Saturday.

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