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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Seven held by gardai in swoop on dealers

SEVEN people were arrested as part of a major crackdown on drug dealing in the North Inner City today.

More than 60 members of the gardai including officers form the National Drugs Unit, supported by sniffer dogs and a garda helicopter were involved on the swoop on a series of address, including the St Marys Mansions area.

The flats complex is reported to have been used by a gang to sell the synthetic drug MDPV, with dealers claiming to addicts that the substance is 'crystal meth', the notorious drug at the centre of the hit Breaking Bad TV series.

This morning's crackdown, codenamed 'Hesitate' followed a six-week covert operation monitoring drug dealing in the area.

During this operation, 0.5 Kilo of the drug PVP - estimated value €17,000 - was seized along with smaller quantities of cannabis and other drugs paraphernalia.

A car has also been seized and has been brought for technical examination to Store Street Garda Station.

The seven arrested were five men and two juveniles and they were this morning being held in Store Street, Mountjoy, Clontarf and Kevin Street stations.

The adults are to appear in court today, one of the minors will appear at the children's court, while the other youngster will be subject to the Juvenile Diversion programme.

Chief Superintendent Patrick Leahy said the operation was led by community gardai and is a direct response to community concerns identified to them.

ARRESTS

The arrests are in addition to 55 drug dealing arrests under Operation Spire and 38 under Operation Tempest in Dublin's North Inner City in recent months, a spokesman said.

"The gardai would like to thank the Lord Mayor, Local Councillors and the Community Policing Forum for their support and co-operation during this operation," he added.

"We are happy to report that all of the main suspects identified, targeted in today's operations are currently arrested and it is expected they will be charged and brought before the courts later today."

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