A garda who is located in a station in Dublin has been arrested for suspected drug addiction.
The officer, who is older in the late thirties, is said to have been seized with cocaine for € 100 when searching as part of a planned operation on Sunday evening.
The garda was arrested after a long-term surveillance by the National Criminal Investigation Office (NBCI).
He was arrested in the city's Dublin 4 area and taken to Terenure Garda Station under Section 15 of the Drugs Abuse Act.
He was released on Monday afternoon without charge and a case file will now be prepared for the DPP.
The officer, who did not originally come from Dublin, was taken out of service because further investigations were carried out.
Sources said they did not believe that the garda was connected to an organized criminal gang, but had recently developed a cocaine crop and had supplied some of its employees with the medicine.
His phone was confiscated and his house was searched by detectives on Sunday.