Gardai storm alleged shebeen in Monkstown and catch drinkers red-handed before seizing cocaine
The search took place under warrant at a private premises in the Dun Laoghaire suburb last Saturday
- 19:34, 16 MAR 2021
- Updated19:36, 16 MAR 2021
Several people are set to be fined after Gardai stormed an alleged sheeben in Monkstown in South Dublin.
The search took place under warrant at a private premises in the Dun Laoghaire suburb last Saturday.
Officers also found alcohol, beer kegs and taps, gas cylinders, and other bar equipment, as well as a small quantity of cocaine.
The patrons inside will be hit with fines for breaking COVID-19 regulations.
One man was arrested at the scene for public order offences, but he was released without charge.
The full Garda statement reads: “As part of Operation Navigation, a private premises was searched by Gardaí in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, investigating alleged breaches of liquor licencing legislation in support of current public health measures.
On Saturday, 13th March 2021 Gardaí received report of a number of persons gathered at a private premises in Monkstown.
“Gardaí attended the scene and a number of persons were found present at the premises. These persons will all be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for an alleged breach of Regulation 4 of the Health Act, 1947 Regulations – Restriction on the Movement of Persons.
“One male, aged in his 20s, was arrested for public order offences. He has since been released without charge pending consideration for the Adult Caution scheme.
“A subsequent search of the premises was conducted under warrant and Gardaí seized a number of beer taps, kegs, gas cylinders and other bar equipment. A small quantity of suspected cocaine was also seized by Gardaí.
“Enquiries are ongoing and a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to save lives.”