Gardaí in Kilrush seized €40,000 worth of drugs in the town on Wednesday morning.
The seizure, which comprised of 185gms of heroin with an estimated street value of €28,000 and one kilo of cannabis resin with an estimated value of €12,000, was found following a targeted search of a field in the western end of Kilrush.
Drug paraphernalia such as weighing scales was also seized as part of this operation.
No arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing.
According to Kilrush District Superintendent Gerard Wall, the find is significant on a local scale and has made inroads into the illegal distribution of drugs in this district.
“We are happy that this has disrupted a network of drugs distribution in Kilrush and the general Kilrush area.
“The significance of this seizure is local. It greatly assists breaking up drugs distribution in the area and it takes time for distributors to recover from that,” he said.
The superintendent highlighted that while the find is significant locally, the use of drugs in the West Clare town has not reached epidemic proportions.
“There is no town that is not touched by drugs but there is no epidemic in Kilrush.
“That being said, it would be naive to think it was not being used here. Kilrush is no worse than any other town of its size,” he said.
Following this drugs find, gardaí have issued a general appeal to the public that if they are aware of the use or distribution of drugs in the town or surrounding areas to contact the gardaí in Kilrush on 065 9080550 or on their confidential line, 1800 666 111.