Firearms and quantity of drugs seized during COVID-19 patrol in Kilmihil

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Two firearms were seized by Gardaí in Kilmihil where it emerged a man in possession did not hold a firearm licence.

During a COVID-19 patrol in Kilmihil on Saturday, Gardaí observed that a man aged in his late teens was in possession of a rifle. Having made inquiries, Gardaí discovered that the individual did not have a firearm licence.

Gardaí carried out a follow-up operation at a premises under warrant in the Kilmihil area. While searching the premises, they seized an air rifle with scope and an imitation 9mm handgun plus a small quantity of cannabis herb which is to undergo analysis and some electronic devices.

An investigation is ongoing but no arrests have been made.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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