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'Wealthy and trendy' subsidising the drugs trade - Ó Snodaigh

21 August, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused the ‘wealthy and trendy’ of subsidising Ireland’s booming cocaine epidemic. Pointing to an increase of over 1,200% in cocaine seizures since 1995, and estimates that the drugs trade in Ireland is worth a billion euros, he pointed to the murder of Wayne Zambra at the weekend as partly the result of those paying for a wrap of cocaine at a dinner party.


The Dublin South-Central TD said: “Cocaine seizures in this state have increased by over 1,200% since 1995 according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. It is a national epidemic and a drug that is increasingly easy to find on the streets of Dublin. The consequences of it can be seen in the brutal murder of drug-dealer Wayne Zambra at the weekend in my own constituency.


“The National Advisory Committee on Drugs, in its report on cocaine use launched in January of this year found a clear ‘…association between the age education ceased and cocaine use…Those respondents who had obtained an elementary level of education reported lower prevalence rates than expected.’ The evidence, both anecdotal and statistical, is clear that cocaine use among the wealthier sections of Irish society is high.


“In reality those people paying for a wrap of cocaine at a dinner party are the people subsidising the drug gangs and fuelling their squalid and violent wars for control of a lucrative trade estimated in June to be worth a billion euros in Ireland alone. The devastation caused by drugs hits working class communities hardest, destroying families and shattering lives, but it is the wealthy and the trendy, many of whom will never be near any of the places in my constituency which bear the scars of drug abuse, who fund the drugs gangs.”





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