Significant drug seizure a reminder of the impact that illegal drug dealing has on communities – O’Callaghan

Published on: 14 May 2020

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Jim O’ Callaghan has said that the latest significant cocaine seizure is a reminder of the vital role gardaí are playing in the war against drugs in Ireland.

Gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau stopped three cars in Drogheda in Co Louth earlier this week and seized over €1.1 million worth of cocaine and prescription drugs, as well as more than €500,000 in cash.

Deputy O’Callaghan said: “Gardaí intercepted a suspected drugs handover on Tuesday evening with over €1.1 million worth of cocaine and prescription drugs stopped from being sold on the open market. The gardaí working on this operation are to be commended for their work in stopping this handover.

“Drug use, be it recreational or caused by addiction, is a social and public health crisis that must be vigorously tackled. Tackling the country’s crippling drug problem requires major reform and every day we hear stories of individuals, families and communities devastated by drugs and the associated violence.

It is important that the impact of illegal drug dealing is fully understood by politicians. Unless there is state intervention in respect of the growing drugs epidemic throughout the country, crime will only rise and the health of young people will be further damaged,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.