City Pages: West Dublin - gardai have seized over €7m worth of drugs so far this year
Gardai have seized over €7m worth of drugs in separate operations across west Dublin so far this year.
Units from divisions across the Dublin Metropolitan Region West have successfully targeted crime gangs, with drugs, guns and large amounts of cash all being seized.
However, despite the large number of seizures, Ballyfermot-based Fianna Fail councillor Daithi de Roiste believes that more resources are needed in the garda drugs unit to tackle crime gangs.
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“We had a situation a while ago where officers from the drugs unit in Ballyfermot were being taken out of that particular area and being used to plug other areas of crime.
“How can we combat the sale and supply of drugs if we’re not dedicating officers to the drugs unit?” Mr de Roiste said.
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“What we need introduced is an operation similar to that of Operation Trident, which proved hugely successful in targeting the gangs involved in the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud,” he added.
On February 4, over €140,000 worth of cocaine was seized at an address in Lucan, after gardai raided a house. A woman in her 20s was arrested but was subsequently released without charge.
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Just three days later, officers from the drug unit at Ronanstown garda station stopped a vehicle near Neilstown Gardens.
Upon searching the car gardai recovered €85,000 worth of cocaine and subsequently arrested two 18-year-old males.
Two separate searches on February 9 and 10 led to the biggest drug seizure in the state so far this year, with almost €5.5m worth of drugs recovered by gardai in the Clondalkin Detective Unit and Drugs Unit.
Three sub-machine guns, (a Steyr 9mm, a Heckler & Koch and a GSG5) along with a Beretta pistol and 100 rounds of assorted 9mm and .45 ammunition was recovered at the home. A small amount of cash was also seized there.
Local Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle commended gardai for their success in combating organised crime gangs in west Dublin.
“I’d like to commend gardai on the success they’ve had in their very proactive approach in disrupting the sale and supply of drugs in the area.
“There have been a number of substantial seizures in west Dublin over the past number of months, and it’s reassuring to see gardai getting on top of the problem and successfully targeting these gangs,” he said.
Mr Lavelle also highlighted the important role locals must play in preventing the sale and supply of drugs in the community, saying a “healthy relationship” between gardai and people in the area is a “key element” of tackling crime.
“The gardai having information is critical in dealing with organised crime, and I would urge locals to pass on any information to gardai which could result in the positive detection of drugs.
“They can’t do this without intelligence, which can come from people keeping an eye out in the area,” Mr Lavelle said.
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