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File sent to DPP following 2021 doping raid in Kildare

An equine doping investigation that was revealed to be taking place following a raid outside Monasterevin in Co Kildare more than two years ago, has now concluded.

A case file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions following a process that included some collaboration and sharing of intelligence with international agencies, as well as national bodies.

The investigation was carried out by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

It came to light as a result of a statement issued by the department in the wake of the DAFM-led operation that took place on Tuesday, 9 November, 2021.

The enforcement action by DAFM-authorised officers was supported by gardaí from the Kildare-Laois Drug Unit and officers of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Body, racing's regulatory body responsible for anti-doping and welfare.

Products unlicensed for dispensation to horses in Ireland were seized at the premises, along with a vehicle and other items, including a mobile phone.

A statement issued the day after the raid described the operation of searches and seizure of products "as part of an ongoing investigation into equine doping".

It has now been revealed that the investigation has ended and a file has been sent to the DPP, who will decide if there is sufficient evidence to pursue criminal proceedings.

"Regarding enforcement actions arising the specific operation highlighted, the department’s investigation is now concluded and a case file has been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions," begins a DAFM statement issued in response to queries about the status of the investigation.

The statement also confirms that intelligence sharing with national and international authorities was an element of the investigation.