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Cultivated Cannabis Seized In Roscrea


A number of searches, conducted under ‘Operation Thor’ yesterday and last night, saw four searches in the Newport area and two searches in the Roscrea area of Co. Tipperary.

Following the searches a male was arrested and today remains in custody following the location and seizure of an anticipated fifty thousand Euro worth cannabis under cultivation.

The discovery was made in the precincts of Roscrea town, during an intelligence fed, planned search, which saw Tipperary Divisional Drugs Squad uncovered the drug.

The man arrested is understood to be detained at Nenagh Garda station, where he remains currently for questioning by detectives.


Criminals Target Copper In South Tipperary

On November 11th, 2017, Thurles.Info warned our Tipperary public of criminals targeting copper for resale as scrap to, shall we just say, ambiguous agents dealing in metal.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to certain criminal activity which is understood to have taken place over a 3 day period, on November 16th, 17th and 18th last.

This criminal goings-on occurred close to an area known as Killistafford Cross, Dualla Village near Cashel, Co. Tipperary and involved the theft of metres of telephone cable cut down and removed for its copper value, to be sold on to scrap metal merchants.

It is understood that the thieves involved were dressed to appear as telephone contractors.

Gardaí in Cashel are appealing for anyone who was in this area on the dates in question, to contact them at Tel: (062) 75840 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.


Major Cocaine Seizure In North Tipperary.

One male aged in his 30’s and one female aged in her 20’s were both arrested yesterday by Gardaí, who seized a large quantity of cocaine during a series of searches here in Co. Tipperary and Co. Clare.

The market value of the drugs haul seized in Co. Tipperary; which has yet to be analysed, is estimated to be worth somewhere in the region of €70,000.

It is understood that Gardaí, led by the Clare Divisional Drug’s unit and supported by Units from the Limerick Division, conducted investigations yesterday which involved the stopping and searching of a car close to Birdhill, Co Tipperary, where the cocaine was recovered. The arrested couple remain currently detained at Shannon Garda Station, held there under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act, 1996.

We understand that further searches were carried out at a residence in Newmarket-on-Fergus Co. Clare, latter some 48km or 30mls from Birdhill, via the N18, where drug paraphernalia including packaging and a weighing scales were also discovered.

This significant seizure was part of ongoing shared intelligence gathering by Gardaí, targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs here in the Mid-West Region.


Rural Aggravated Burglary Charge – Criminals Sentenced To 14 & 17 Years

Three men have received long jail sentences by Mr Justice John Hannan, for their part in two aggravated burglaries in which three pensioners were tied up, stabbed and beaten in Co. Limerick.  During a further separate robbery, another family were tied up in their home. The two incidents occurred in April and May of 2012 in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick.

Two of the accused; Mr Patrick Roche aged 53 with an address at Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin Co. Dublin, and his son Mr Philip Roche aged 24-year, were today both jailed for 17 years and 15 years respectively.

The son-in-law of above named Mr Patrick Roche; 37-year-old Mr Alan Freeman, with an address at No.73, Pearse Park, Tipperary town, Co. Tipperary was jailed for 14 years. The final three years of each of the accused men’s sentences were suspended.

Following Mr John Hannan’s sentencing, victims complimented the Judge’s decision and declared their complete satisfaction with the long jail terms handed down.


Tipperary Men Found With Pistol & Fragmentation Grenades

Two men, aged 50 and 33 years, have been remanded in custody for a further month following their appearance before Cashel District Court yesterday, both charged with possession of two fragmentation grenades[A] and a hand gun.  Both men had been brought initially before Cashel District Court charged with these offences on Sunday November 12th last, and had been remanded in custody to yesterdays Cashel District court sitting.

Mr Thomas Bates of Abbey Street, Cahir, Co. Tipperary and Mr Nigel Gartland of No. 4 Knocklofty Heights, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, both appeared before Mr Justice Terence Finn charged with conspiring with each other to have in their possession a ‘Glock’ semi-automatic pistol in the district court area of Cashel, between October 24th, 2017 and November 10th, 2017, contrary to the 1964 Firearms Act.

Both the above named were also charged with conspiring together to have in their possession or under their control two fragmentation grenades contrary to the 1883 Explosive Substances Act, in the district court area of Cashel, between the same dates.

The State sought to further remand the two men in custody, pending the submission of a file on this case to the Director of Public Prosecutions and to this end sought a further two week adjournment.

Mr Justice Finn remanded both men in custody to appear before Cashel District Court again on December 14th 2017.

[A] Fragmentation Grenade:
The “Mills Bomb” is regarded as the first “safe grenade” and was the first modern fragmentation explosive to come into use in the trenches during WWI.  Manufactured in Birmingham, England in 1915; they were an explosive-filled steel canisters with a deeply notched exterior surface thus aiding fragmentation. However this design was later improved by putting the exterior notches on the interior, thus increasing the grenade’s deadliness.
The external segmentation design resembles the surface of a pineapple (hence the description “pin-and-pineapple” design), was retained for many years afterwards, since it provided a positive gripping surface for soldiers, and is retained in use today in some modern hand throwing grenades.