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23rd Feb 2024

Two men appear in court charged in connection with €33 million Cork crystal meth seizure

Stephen Porzio

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It is reportedly the largest seizure of methamphetamine in the history of the Irish State.

Two men appeared at a special sitting of the Tralee District Court in Kerry on Friday (23 February), charged in connection with the seizure of €32.8 million worth of crystal meth in Cork last week.

RTÉ News reports that Nathan McDonnell – aged 43 and with an address at Ballyseedy, Tralee, Co Kerry – was charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of sale or supply when the value of the drug was greater than €13,000.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at Ballyseedy Garden Centre between 27 October 2023 and 12 February 2024.

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Two men appear in court charged in connection with €33 million Cork crystal meth seizure

The news outlet also reports that James Leen – aged 41 and with an address at Pilgrim Hill, Kilmorna, Listowel, Co Kerry – was charged with the same offence.

On top of this, RTÉ News states that Leen was also charged with importing crystal meth at Cork Port in Ringaskiddy on 16 October 2023.

Both men are said to have been remanded in custody, as the court was told that the seizure of methamphetamine was the biggest in the history of the Irish State.

Last Friday morning (16 February), after a joint operation at Cork Port between An Garda Síochána and Revenue’s Customs Service, 546kg of a synthetic drug – with an estimated value of €32.8 million – was seized.

Follow up searches were conducted in Kerry and Cork which resulted in the arrests of two men.

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