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Drug seizures and arrests welcomed – Ó snodaigh

11 April, 2008

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has congratulated Gardaí on the second seizure of a major quantity of drugs in Dublin in two days. Two men were arrested today in the Bluebell area after the seizure of €60,000 worth of heroin and cocaine while four men were arrested on Pearse Street yesterday when Gardaí seized €2million worth of cocaine.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it is essential that Gardaí continue to take drug dealers off the streets but they need to properly resourced do so.

He said, "People will no doubt be happy that six drug dealers and a large quantity of drugs have been taken off the streets of Dublin in the last two days. I want to congratulate all the Gardaí involved in both operations.

"However, while the Garda Drug Squads are doing a good job they are working under enormous pressure due to a lack of resources. While the drugs crisis remains the biggest threat to our society it is not unknown for members of drug squads to be diverted by Garda management into other area of work due to a lack of resources. This is unacceptable.

"Cocaine has now swept across every town in the state and this crisis needs to be tackled head on by fully resourced Garda Drugs Squads. Sinn Féin has consistently called for resources for Garda Drug Squads to be at least doubled to meet the growing drugs crisis.

"The Drug Squads need to be resourced to continue and expand their operations. We need to see more drug dealers being taken off the streets and given lengthy prison sentences. More importantly, drug dealers themselves must be made to feel that there is a high risk of getting caught if they continue in their illicit trade. Studies show that the fear of getting caught is the biggest deterrent criminals - Gardaí need to be resourced to create that fear." ENDS

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