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Crowe congratulates Tallaght Drugs Unit but warns Government policing on drugs failing

15 January, 2007

Sinn Féin Community Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has warmly applauded the work of the Tallaght Drugs Unit after seizing heroin with a street value of €5.2 million on Friday last. Deputy Crowe, a member of the Tallaght Drugs Task Force, also warned that the size of the seizure, coupled with increasing drug availability in Dublin, points to the failure of the Government's anti-drugs policies.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "The Drug Unit in Tallaght should be commended for it's seizure of over €5 million euro of heroin on Friday. However as a local representative and member of the Tallaght Drugs Task Force, in my view this drugs unit continues to be under-resourced and must be expanded in response to the serious drug problem in this community where drug abuse is far above the state average in many neighbourhoods.

"The fact that a reported 26 kgs of heroin with an estimated street value of €5.2 million was seized further reinforces the gravity of the heroin problem. The value of heroin intercepted by Gardaí last year increased fourfold from 2005. Yet despite this, there is little sign of a downturn in the availability of drugs and international experts agree that only 10% of drugs are ever intercepted.

"The State needs to support communities in standing up to the ruthless drug gangs, which continue to wreak havoc in working class areas. I would like to once again welcome this find in taking a significant amount of heroin off our streets, but as well as the law & order approach, we need investment in detoxification and genuinely community accountable policing to get on top of the drugs problem."


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