Drug dealing arrests double
THE GARDA Drug Squad has grown from one member to six, following a 105 per cent increase in drug dealing arrests around the county.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said there have been 39 drug dealing arrests since January, compared to 19 for the same period in the previous year.
Supt Roche said: 'We have received criticism on our drugs unit. Now we have six people full time officers on drugs with the increase in guards which have come in.'
He said there has been a 2 per cent increase in public order offences.
Cllr Fergie Kehoe said the rise in drug dealing is very concerning.
Cllr Davy Hynes said the problems associated with drinking are even greater than the drug problems in the county. He said drug debt is a growing problem, something he came across when he was in the Cornmarket Project.
Supr Roche confirmed that Gardaí are liaising with families who are being intimidated by dealers.
'The threat of violence is serious and sometimes violence is used.'