The Maritime Analysis Operations Centre (Narcotics),(MAOC N), is an international Law Enforcement Organisation based in Lisbon. It comprises of Law Enforcement and Military personnel from seven European countries including Ireland. The role of MAOC N is to prevent illegal maritime drug trafficking into Europe.
This year, the co ordination of the interception of cocaine shipments from South America by MAOC N resulted in seizures totalling 1.8 billion euros from transnational Organised Crime groups and led to the arrest of many of a significant number of persons on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.
Each year, MAOC N presents an award, in the form of a medal to individuals who have displayed extraordinary commitment to the fight against international Drug Trafficking.
This year the MAOC N recognised the outstanding contribution of Detective Superintendent Séan Healy from Cork. Detective Superintendent Healy has been involved in the investigation of major drug importation cases into Ireland over the past 25 years. His commitment, drive and successful operational activity has been recognised at an international level and he is regarded as an expert on Maritime Law.
Detective Superintendent Healy received the MAOC N Medal for Distinction from the Director of MAOC N, Mr. Michael O’ Sullivan at a ceremony in Lisbon last night, attended by law enforcement and dignitaries from the seven countries.
The award presented to Detective Superintendent Healy is the first such medal to be received by a member of An Garda Síochána.