Eight people have been charged with drug trafficking following a massive custody operation to sell and supply drugs to Bray, Wicklow, Arklow and Greystones.
The investigation was carried out by Gardaí attached to the Wicklow Divisional Anti-Drug Unit as part of Operation Tara alongside the National Guard’s Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) as part of Operation Clean Streets.
The objective of Operation Tara, which was launched in July, is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks at all levels – international, national, local – involved in the importation, distribution, cultivation, production, local sale and supply of controlled drugs. .
From November 30 to December 3 of this year, Gardaí in Wicklow searched 26 locations in the county and made arrests.
Frances ‘Fran’ Tracey (47) of Old Conna Grove, Bray, was charged with Possession of Heroin for the purpose of Sale or Supply and remanded in custody to re-appear in District Court for Bray on February 7 of next year.
Cian Byrne (22) of Wolfe Tone Square West, Bray, has been charged with possession of cannabis for sale or supply and remanded in custody to appear again on April 11.
Jake O Connor (21) of Waltrim Grove, Bray, has faced a similar cannabis charge and has been remanded in custody until March 10.
Blaithnaid Byrne (28), of Crowe Abbey, Greystones, has been released on bail to appear next May on charges of selling or providing cannabis.
Daniel Lacey (27) of Hazelwood, Bray; and Joseph Harris (23), of Kindlestown Park, Greystones, were released on bail until February 7 for selling or providing cannabis.
Monica McCabe (42) of Kilgarron Park, Enniskerry, has been accused of selling or supplying cocaine and released on bail until February 7, while David Hackman Jnr (22) of Kilgarron Park, Enniskerry has been accused of having cannabis and heroin for sale or supply. . He was remanded in custody until January 4.
All appeared before Judge David Kennedy in Bray District Court yesterday for offenses contrary to sections 3 and 15 of the Drug Abuse Act.
Gardaí charged 19 people and referred 12 young people to Garda’s youth diversion program, following this in-depth investigation.
The investigation is ongoing.