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Monday 23 October 2017

'Pot' plants a growing problem

LOCAL GARDAI ALSO MONITORING DRUG SALES ON INTERNET

CONOR CULLEN

WEXFORD GARDAI are facing a new double challenge in the fight against drugs, it emerged this week. Superintendent Kevin Gralton revealed that more people have been growing their own cannabis since head shops closed in June, and that internet sales of illegal drugs are also having to be monitored at both local and national level.

He was speaking at a meeting of the county's Joint Policing Committee, in response to a question on how the closure of head shops has affected the drugs trade.

'It is difficult to give a definitive answer, but what we have seen already, in the south of the county, is an increase in the cultivation of cannabis and gardaí in Wexford have made a number of seizures,' he said.

' The controlled substances are still out there,' Supt Gralton added. He added that the sale over the internet of psychoactive substances that were formerly stocked by head shops is another issue that is being constantly monitored by Gardai at both local and national level.

Deputy Michael D'Arcy wondered if the increase in cannabis cultivation might be an unwanted extension of the 'grow your own' craze that has seen other people take to growing vegetables and seeking allotment plots. 'It could be the recession,' he added.

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