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Concern at increase in heroin seizures – Ó Snodaigh

19 August, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the seizure of €200,000 worth of heroin in Dublin last night but expressed concern at the recent spike in heroin seizures saying that this is a sign of significantly increased amounts of the drug entering the state.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "While I welcome the significant seizure of heroin in west Dublin last night I also want to express concern at the recent spike in the number of heroin seizures. Increased drug seizures are generally seen as signifying increased amounts of drugs entering the state.

"This view is backed up by the fact that the amount of heroin addicts seeking treatment has doubled to almost 10,000 in the last ten years.

"It is imperative that the Gardaí continue target heroin dealers in the fight against drugs. While much of the media focus has rightly been on the cocaine epidemic the heroin crisis has continued to grow relatively unnoticed. This cannot continue.

"Sinn Féin is currently in the process of preparing our submission to the Garda Policing Plan for 2009 in which we will be calling on the Minister for Justice to ensure that tackling the heroin crisis is given greater priority in 2009." ENDS

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