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CAB money should be used for Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone-line – Ó Snodaigh

19 March, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for a portion of the money confiscated by the Criminal Assets Bureau annually to be ring fenced to secure the future of the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing non Garda phone-line. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone-line would in turn secure increased seizures for the Criminal Assets Bureau and that both programmes could compliment each other.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "In 2007 the Criminal Assets Bureau secured over €10million for the exchequer. Just a fraction of this money would secure the future of the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing non Garda confidential phone-line.

"The future of the phone-line, which has been a major success, is in doubt after the Minister announced that no more funding will be allocated to it when the €300,000 allocated this year runs out.

"If a fraction of the money annually generated for the exchequer from CAB could be ring-fenced to secure the future of the phone-line it would in turn secure a return for CAB through tip offs and resulting seizures. Both projects could compliment each other significantly to the benefit of the communities on the coal face of the drugs crises and to the exchequer.

"At the end of the day the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative has been a huge success at a very low cost. The Government should do all in its power to secure its future." ENDS

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