Sunday 21 January 2018

Over 50 people to appear in court today after massive garda blitz on drug dealing

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

More than 50 people are to face court today after being arrested in Blanchardstown, Portlaoise and Cavan in a massive garda blitz on drug dealing.

In the past 48 hours alone 35 people have been arrested following the culmination of three separate long term covert Garda operations aimed at tackling the networks that supply controlled drugs in the three areas.

A spokesman for the garda press office said arrangements have now been made to bring a total of 54 individuals before the courts, charged with over 240 offences contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"These operations targeted criminal networks involved in illicit drug trafficking, with specific emphasis on the supply networks involved in heroin dealing," vhe said.

"In total 47 men and 7 women, ranging in age from 15 to 49 years, are being prosecuted for drug trafficking offences. These covert Garda operations were initiated by local Garda Management approximately 6 months ago in response to growing public concern in relation to drug misuse in local communities," the spokesman added.

The operations were coordinated and supported by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

In ‘Operation Sarto’, which was conducted in Cavan Town, 19 offenders are being brought before Cavan District Court

‘Operation Nero’ was conducted in Portlaoise and has resulted in 16 offenders being brought before Portlaoise District Court.

And in ‘Operation Rhea’, carried out in Blanchardstown in West Dublin, a further 19 offenders are being brought before Blanchardstown District Court.

Those arrested and charged will appear before Blanchardstown, Portlaoise and Cavan District Courts this morning at 10.30am.

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